Important to learn from the Srebrenica tragedy

A man prays at the memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A quarter of a century after they were killed in Sreberenica, eight Bosnian men and boys will be laid to rest Saturday, July 11. Over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims perished in 10 days of slaughter after the town was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces in the closing months of the country’s 1992-95 fratricidal war. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Prime Minister Erna Solberg remembers the more than 8,000 Bosniaks who were killed in Srebrenica 25 years ago. She emphasizes that it is important that the massacre is remembered.

“The horrific crime left deep wounds in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the rest of Europe. Today we mourn the loss of the many thousands of victims in the massacres in Srebrenica,” said Prime Minister Solberg in a video message on Saturday.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have ruled that the massacre was a genocide.

“It is important to remember this tragedy and learn from it. We must acknowledge the past if we are to heal the wounds and build a future based on truth and reconciliation,” Solberg said.

Between 11 and 19 July 1995, Muslim boys and men in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica were systematically slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces under the command of Army Chief Ratko Mladic.

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1 Comment on "Important to learn from the Srebrenica tragedy"

  1. It is important that ALL the massacres – lost lives, not just of males – are remembered and learned from, not just Srebrenica. Not just Muslims were victims in the whirlwind of knives that the Yugoslavian Balkans became after communist strongman Tito’s death.

    As Erna said, “We must acknowledge the past if we are to heal the wounds and build a future based on truth and reconciliation.”

    Mušan “Caco” Topalović had been a Bosnian Muslim mass murderer of Christian Serbs, and his and other Muslims’ crimes were a principal motive for the Serbs’ revenge.

    NATO then forcing its/our unnecessary (and therefore by Nuremberg illegal) Kosovo bombing war on the Serbs with Appendix B of the Rambouillet Treaty in 1999 (which I whistle-blew in American academia on H-Diplo on 14May99) only added to the injustice.

    Even George and son Alex Soros have started trying to negotiate a partition of Kosovo which the Russians had urged, for a fair resolution of and end to the Serbs’ grievances and to avert another, worse war which with increasingly counter-moving (after our Kiev coup) Russia involved could indeed trigger another world war.

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