News 09 Jul 15

Euro Parliament Declaration Condemns Srebrenica Genocide

European lawmakers adopted a declaration condemning the Srebrenica genocide and any denial of the crime, while expressing regret that Russia blocked a similar UN Security Council resolution.

Denis Dzidic
BIRN
Sarajevo
The European Parliament. Photo: EU.

The European Parliament declaration adopted on Thursday condemned “in the strongest possible terms the genocide in Srebrenica of July 1995” and said that such horrendous crimes must never happen again.

“The parliament commemorated and honoured all the victims of the massacre and all the atrocities during the wars in the former Yugoslavia and expressed their solidarity with their families, many of which are still left without final confirmation of the fate of their relatives,” it said in a statement.

The MEPs said that regional cooperation in the Balkan region and the European integration process “are the best way to promote reconciliation and to overcome hatred and divisions”.

The declaration also called on the Hague Tribunal to swiftly wrap up the ongoing trials of former Bosnian Serb military and political leaders Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, adding that “more needs to be done do prosecute war crimes at domestic level”.

It also expressed regret that the United Nations Security Council failed to pass a resolution commemorating the Srebrenica genocide on Wednesday.

“This is especially regrettable, as the International Court of Justice, the UN’s primary judicial body, has determined that the crimes committed in Srebrenica were genocide,” it said.

The UN Security Council resolution was vetoed by Russia, which said it was “politically motivated” and anti-Serb.

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