Many lawyers know of the seven line, seven sentence, seven paragraph apology letter:
Dear Mr. Slimeball, Esq.:
For some time you and I have had strenuous disagreements concerning this case.
Understanding that reasonable people may disagree, I wish to bury the hatchet.
Considering these difficulties, I am glad that we remain friends.
Knowing that you accept this apology will mean much to me.
Your acknowledgment of this letter would be greatly appreciated.
Opening a new chapter in our relationship is my fondest wish.
Until we next meet, I remain,
Yours very truly,
I thought that was the best apology a man could make, until today.
The resolution stopped short of calling the murder of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims who were fleeing a “UN safe area” a genocide, saying, “The parliament of Serbia strongly condemns the crime committed against the Bosnian Muslim population of Srebrenica in July 1995,” and extends "condolences and an apology to the families of the victims because not everything was done to prevent the tragedy."
Of course not all Bosnians accept this apology, which was grudgingly made in response to demands by the European Union. Nor for that mattter do all Serbs give it.
Serb nationalists in the parliament called the resolution a “shame” and said it would permanently stain the name of Serbia in world opinion.
I think the Serb nationalists have the better argument.