Deputy stands by Srebrenica decisions
9 June 2005AMSTERDAM — The deputy commander of Dutch peacekeepers who surrendered the UN designated safe haven of Srebrenica to Serb troops tells a court he stand 100 percent behind the decisions he made at the time.
9 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — The deputy commander of Dutch peacekeepers who surrendered the UN designated safe haven of Srebrenica to Serb troops tells a court he stand 100 percent behind the decisions he made at the time.
Robert Franken, now 54, was second-in-command of Dutchbat 3. He is the third military officer to testify in a civil action against the Dutch State being heard in The Hague.
"Srebrenica always stays with you, but naturally in a different way for the victims than for me," Franken said in a short statement after he gave evidence on Thursday.
Franken, who took early retirement, was questioned by lawyers representing two Bosnian families whose relatives were among 7,000 to 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed at Srebrenica.
The UN had created the safe haven in Srebrenica to afford protection to Bosnian refugees who were facing genocide at the hands of Serb forces during the Bosnian-Serb conflict in the 1990s.
After the Dutch UN troops surrendered, the Serbs separated the male refugees from the females. The women and girls were allowed to leave on buses, while the men and boys were taken away, killed and buried in mass graves.
A video has been made public in recent days that appears to show some of the summary executions.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Srebrenica