UN Accidentally Applauds Genocidal Serbian Song
...then swiftly apologizes
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Ban Ki-moon and Vuk Jeremic are surrounded by the Belgrade vocal group, Viva Vox, in the General Assembly Hall at UN headquarters in New York.   (AP Photo/United Nations, Mark Garten)

(Newser) – The UN issued an apology yesterday, after Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials gave a standing ovation to the Serbian song "March on the Drina" at a concert this week—apparently unaware that it was the unofficial anthem of the Serbian troops who massacred Bosnian civilians in the 1990s. "We sincerely regret that people were offended," a UN spokesman said, adding that the song, which was performed as an encore by the Serbian choir Viva Vox, hadn't been on the concert's official program.

General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, an ex-Serbian official, said Serbia was "very proud" of the song, and wanted to share it with a "message of reconciliation." Though the song was originally written to commemorate a World War I battle, its lyrics refer to the Bosnian river Drina, with lines like, "Blood was flowing/Blood was streaming: By the Drina was freedom!" the New York Times explains. The topic is especially touchy because the UN was supposed to be protecting the 8,000 who died in the Srebrenica massacre.

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bojan
Jan 20, 2013 12:58 PM CST
In Srebrenica did not happen killing civilians. In srebrenica was a clash of the regular military formations, and thereafter Muslims are served by the story of the alleged crime. intervention by Serbian forces precede the killing of Serbian civilians by Muslims that lasted more than two yearsAt this link you can see part of the image where you can see what they did Muslim military formations Serbian civilians around Srebrenica before the conflict https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102995989563067740412/albums/5794091151932845793 The song "Mars na Drinu" talking about the glorious resistance of the Serbian people during the First World War, the battle that has been studied in military academies all over the world ????, ???????? ?? ????? ??? ?? ???, ?? ?? ????? ???????. ??? ? ????? ???? ?????? ?? ???? ???? ?????? ?????? -?? ?? ??????' ?????? ??? ????? ?? ??? ????. ?????, ????, ????? ??? ?? ????, ???? ???? ??????, ?????? ???, ???? ???? ??? ???? ????? ????' ?? ???? ???? ??? ?? ?????? ??????????? ? ?????? ?????. ???? ??? ????? ????? ???????? ?????? ???? ???? ?????? ????? ? ??????? ???? ?? ?? ????? ????. ? ??? ????? ????, ?????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ?????? ????? ??? ?? ??? ? ??? ???? ??? ??? ??? ????????? ????? ?? ???? ????? ?????, ????? ?? ??????. ????? ??? ??? ??? ?? ?????? ????? ?? ?? ????? ????? ????? ?? ?? ???? ??? ???? ??? ?? ?????? ????? ???????? ?????? ? ????? ????????. ???? ????? ?? ??????, ???? ?? ?????? ?????? ?? ??????, ???? ???????? ?????' ?? ??????. ????? ????? ???? ?????, ?? ??? ???? ???? ???????. ?????, ???? ???? ????? ?? ? ??? ?? ???? ???? ?????? ?? ????? ???????? ????????. ??? ?????? ? ????? ????? ?? ??? ?? ???, ??? ?? ??????. ?????, ????? ??? ?????, ????? ???? ? ????? ????? ?????? ?? ????? ????, ??????? ? ?????. ?????, ????? ????? ?? ?? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ???? ?? ?????? ?????? ???, ????, ?????. ?? ???, ?????? ?? ?????? ???? ??????, ?? ??????? ??? ? ??? ????' ?? ??????, ??? ??? ??????? ??? ??????, ?????? ?? ?? ???? ??? ?? ???? ?? ?????? ??????? ? ???, ??????? ?????? ??? ????'?? ? ?? ???'?? ????? ???? ??? ?? ???? ????, ??? ??? ???? ??? ???? ????? - ?????, ???????? ? ??????? ???? ??????? ????. ?????? ????? ????? ????? ????? ?? ???, ????? ?? ??? ?? ?? ????? ???? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ????? ?? ???! ???, ???, ?????, ???? ?????? ?? ????? ????? ??? ?? ?????? ????? ?????? ????? ???? ?? ??? ????, ????? ????? ???????? ?????? ?? ???? ???? ?????. ???, ??? ?????, ?????? ???? ?? ???? ??? ?? ?????? ?????? ????? ?? ?????, ?????? ?? ??? ???? ?????? ???? ??? ?? ????? ??? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ???????. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xtQnuz1LgYw
HMD-SMD-ITY
Jan 18, 2013 11:52 PM CST
"We sincerely regret that people were offended" One of those unapologetic apologies you get from people like Obama.
HANKHILL
Jan 18, 2013 5:29 PM CST
aint muusic grand? lol