Thousands Commemorate With Victims Of Srebrenica Genocide


Tens of thousands of people have travelled to Srebrenica to attend a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in the town. More than 50,000 people, including 80 foreign dignitaries, were expected to include the event on Saturday that will include the funeral of recently found victims. Aljazeera reports:

The genocide was Europe’s largest war crime since World War II. Among them will be former US president Bill Clinton and former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, British Princess Anne and Queen Noor of Jordan.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has announced that he will also honour the victims at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Centre.

His arrival was questionable as political battles raged over Srebrenica in the lead-up to the anniversary.  Last month, Naser Oric, the wartime Srebrenica commander of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was arrested in Switzerland on suspicion of war crimes on Serbia’s request and later extradited to Bosnia. Oric was earlier acquitted of war crimes charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.