Bosnia: Srebrenica, thousands gather for genocide memorial

11 July, 13:19

(ANSAmed) - Sarajevo, July 11 - Thosusands of people are gathering in Srebrenica for a commemoration of the genocide of the over 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces 17 years ago. The act of remembrace also includes the burial of 520 victims whose remains have been identified through DNA testing in the last year.

Meanwhile, in a statement released by the US embassy in Sarajevo, President Barack Obama rejected efforts to deny the genocide and expressed satisfation that the two main perpetrators of the massacre, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, have been arrested and are under trial in The Hague. The US "rejects efforts to distort the scope of this atrocity, rationalise the motivations behind it, blame the victims, and deny the indisputable fact that it was genocide," he said.

The commemoration at Srebrenica will be attended by two representatives of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Muslim Bakir Izetbegovic and the Croat Zeljko Komsic, Croatian Premier Zoran Milanovic and the international community's High Representative in Bosnia Valentin Inzko. The majority-Serb Republika Srpska will be represented by three female Bosnian Serb ministers. Many Serbs deny that the 1995 massacre was genocide under international law.

On Tuesday evening over 7,000 participants in the "death march" arrived at the Potocari memorial on the outskirts of Srebrenica. They had set off from Nezuk on Sunday and retraced the footsteps in reverse of the 15,000 men who tried to flee through the woods to Tuzla after the fall of Srebrenica. Only very few made it alive. (ANSAmed)

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