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SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre called on Friday for Austrian author Peter Handke’s Nobel Prize for Literature to be revoked, saying it was “shameful” to recognize a man who has denied the killings happened.
Their anger echoed criticism of Thursday’s decision in many Balkan countries over Handke’s open support for late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who led his country during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
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“We shall send a letter to the Committee to revoke the award,” Munira Subasic, president of the Mothers of Srebrenica association which represents survivors, told Reuters.
“This is shameful, one should be worried what message this is going to send,” she said.
Handke - Comment
Handke could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Swedish Academy, which choose the Nobel literature laureate, did not respond to requests for comment. Anders Olsson, an academy member, said after the award was announced on Thursday: “It is not a political prize, it is a literary prize.”
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Handke spoke at Milosevic’s funeral in 2006 after the Serbian leader died while in detention awaiting trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague for his role in the wars.
The Austrian also voiced support for Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, both of whom were convicted of genocide for the killing of more then 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the United Nations protected enclave of Srebrenica.
Reaction - Prize - Balkans
Though much of the reaction to the prize was negative in the Balkans, it...
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