I'm glad Mr. Tokaca realizes that the South African model would not work for Bosnia. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Desmond Tutu and for the reconciliation commision he helped organize in South Africa, but as Tokaca points out, there are too many differences, both in the conflict and culturally that would allow a South African version to translate successfully to Bosnia.
When we say truth, we must think about what truth means to us. Is it just an individual perception of objective reality, as some have defined it? Is it the complete and all-inclusive recognition of the past, ie is it an absolute category? Or is it truth uncovered to such an extent as to make forging events and their consequences impossible? The truth cannot abide compromise and artificial balance, it cannot tolerate equalisation, it cannot bear my version and your version or perception or interpretation of the facts. And the refusal to accept evident facts is a famous Balkan speciality.
I think Tokaca makes another good point here as well. How should the "truth" be defined? Is the purpose of the Truth Commission to allow everyone, victims, perpetrators, witnesses and bystanders to speak their version of the truth; or is the purpose to come to a concensus about what the truth is?
ETA: It would be helpful if I included a link to the article: Article