Thousands mark 21 years since Srebrenica massacre

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By In Serbia with agencies- Jul 11 2016 72

On Monday, several thousand people gathered in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica to bury the coffins containing the remains of the 127 victims from Europe's worst massacre since World War II, whose bodies have recently been retrieved from mass graves. During the ceremony, remains of 127 victims of massacre are planning to be buried.

Every year forensic experts find new bodies in the almost 100 mass graves so far found.

Nationalist Bosnian Serb forces led by Gen Ratko Mladic executed thousands Bosniak men and boys after overrunning Srebrenica near the end of the war and dumped their bodies in pits - Europe's worst atrocity since the Second World War.

At present, some 6,300 victims are buried at the Srebrenica memorial site and 230 in other cemeteries, according to Lejla Cengic, spokeswoman for the Bosnian institute of missing persons.

Monday marks the 21st anniversary of the killings, including of Bosnian Muslism boys and men, in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces. Almost 15.000 residents tried to flee through the woods, but were hunted down and also killed.

In March, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague found former President of the Republika Srpska Radovan Karadzic guilty of genocide in the Srebrenica region's 1995 massacre.

Previous year the 20th anniversary commemorations were marred when Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was pelted with bottles and stones by angry mourners.

This year, victims' families demanded that those who deny the nature of the crime should not come so nobody from official Belgrade or the Serb half of now ethnically divided Bosnia, where Srebrenica is located, came.

However, the leader of the Serbian opposition Liberal Democratic Party, Cedomir Jovanovic, who never avoided the word, was greeted by the victims' family members with applause as he laid flowers at the memorial center.

Last year's 20th anniversary was marred when an angry crowd at the ceremony chased away Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who had enlisted ally Russian Federation to veto a United Nations resolution that would have condemned the denial of Srebrenica as genocide.

"Acceptance and recognition of the truth is the first step towards genuine trust", he said.

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