Bernard Kouchner and Paddy Ashdown both served as UN High Representative in Bosnia, a position that effectively gave them huge powers in post-war Bosnia. When they paid a joint visit to Alija Izetbegovic shortly before his death, they were very surprised by what he had to say on the infamous ‘death camps” in Bosnia. This excerpt is taken from the MintPressNews website.
In 2003, Kouchner interviewed Izetbegovic when the Bosnian Muslim leader was on his deathbed. “They [the camps in Bosnia] were horrible places, but people were not systematically exterminated. Did you know that?” asked Kouchner. To which Izetbegovic replied, “Yes. I thought that my revelations could precipitate bombings. Yes, I tried, but the assertion was false. There were no extermination camps…” (excerpted from Les Guerriers de la Paix: Du Kosovo a l’Iraq, Editions Grasset, 2004; published in English as The Warriors of Peace).