Handke refused to talk about Milosevic and Srebrenica: The questions are empty and ignorant



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Handke refused to talk about Milosevic and Srebrenica: The questions are empty and ignorant



Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for the Year, Austrian Peter Handke, on Friday refused to answer questions about his controversial stance on wars in the former Yugoslavia, including support he gave to Slobodan Milosevic.

Avoiding answering questions about his prosperous views in the 1990s, Handke emphasized the importance of literature and said, “I like literature, not opinions.”



He replied to a reporter who asked him if he had changed his mind during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. “I hate opinions,” he noted.

He said he tried in vain several times to start a dialogue with his critics and lend a hand of reconciliation.

“I asked a friend in BiH how to do this, but he told me that it was not possible now. I wanted to meet two mothers who lost their children in the war, one from the Serb party, the other from the Muslim one, but it was not possible,” he said. is.

“Your questions are empty and uninformed”

One journalist asked him why he did not record in his books the work of the ICTY, which concluded that genocide had occurred in Srebrenica, for which Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic and political leader Radovan Karadzic were convicted.

“Keep up with your questions, I like your questions,” Handke answered ironically, saying then that they were “blank and ignorant.”

At the press conference he sang the song “Happy Birthday”, which falls to the present day, when he is 77 years old.

He was at Milosevic's funeral

Handke, among other things, condemned the bombing of Serbia in 1999 and attended the funeral of Slobodan Milosevic in 2006.

He was named the 2019 Nobel Prize winner for literature in October and is due to receive the award on Tuesday in the Swedish capital.

One member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, said on Friday that he would boycott this year's ceremony in protest against the awarding of Austrian writer Handke, supporters of the late Serbian president.

“I will not be participating in this year's Nobel Week,” Peter Englund said in a letter to Dagens newspaper. “It would be very hypocritical of me to celebrate the Nobel Prize for Peter Handke,” added Englund, one of 18 members of the Swedish Academy.

The decision of the Swedish Academy to award the Handke Prize for Literature has drawn criticism in several Southeast European countries, where the writer is known for his pro-Serb stance during the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Handke refused to talk about Milosevic and Srebrenica: The questions are empty and ignorant

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