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Selaković: We will establish truth about embassy arson attack

TANJUG_maliBELGRADE – Caretaker Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic said Tuesday he was confident the Serbian judiciary would establish the truth about a 2008 arson attack on the German embassy in Belgrade.“I am confident the Serbian judiciary will establish the truth about these events, whatever it may be,” Selakovic told the Blic daily.

Commenting on a statement by Gunther Krichbaum, chairman of the Bundestag’s Committee on the Affairs of the European Union, that Germany would not give up on a demand that light be shed on the arson attack, Selakovic said Serbia would meet that condition as well.

Rule of law is a path the Serbian government has set as its goal, which has also been confirmed by the opening of Chapter 23 in the EU accession talks, Selakovic said.

The Bundestag last year approved the opening of the first chapters in Serbia’s accession talks, but its resolution from 2013 stipulates that the negotiations cannot be concluded until the attack on the embassy is fully investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

An investigation into the incident, which took place during a protest rally following Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence, was launched in 2012 based on a report by an Interior Ministry working group set up by Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

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