Srebrenica remembers its dead

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11 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Thousands of people attended a ceremony in Bosnia on Tuesday to mark the eleventh anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

11 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Thousands of people attended a ceremony in Bosnia on Tuesday to mark the eleventh anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

Bosnian-Serb forces, led by General Ratko Mladic, took away and massacred more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys from the UN-designated safe area in Srebrenica in 1995. The enclave was being protected by a lightly-armed Dutch force but the peacekeepers surrendered to the Serbs after a siege.

The killing was the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War.

The organisers of the ceremony said 30,000 people attended the ceremony at the remembrance centre at Potocari. Chief UN War Crimes Prosecutor Carlo Del Ponte was among of the dignitaries.

After the ceremony, the bodies of 505 recently-identified victims were added to a communal grave which already contained the remains of 2,000 people.

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague has indicted Mladic in relation to Srebrenica and other war crimes. He remains at large but there were reports in June that he is in poor health.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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