Citation for Srebrenica troops sparks outrage
13 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government has sparked controversy by its plans to give a citation to troops who served as peacekeepers in Srebrenica.
13 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government has sparked controversy by its plans to give a citation to troops who served as peacekeepers in Srebrenica.
The troops are to be given a citation despite failing to stop the mass murder of Bosnian Muslims 11 years ago.
Survivors and the families of victims said the insignia for duty at Srebrenica was an insult to those who died, Associated Press reported.
Defence Minister Henk Kemp told Parliament on 3 November that he would present the insignia to 850 troops of Dutchbat III on 4 December.
Kemp said independent investigations had exonerated the undermanned and ill-equipped Dutch battalion, concluding that the peacekeepers were powerless to halt the slaughter.
But survivors and families of victims said the troops should not receive the award.
"This is shameful. We wonder how far the humiliation of our victims can go,"' Hajra Catic, president of the Srebrenica Women's Association said in Sarajevo.
Bosnian Serb troops overran the UN-protected Bosnian enclave in July 1995. They separated women from men and boys and killed an estimated 8,000 Muslims in the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news