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Turkey's PM Davutoğlu to attend Srebrenica commemoration ceremony in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is planning to pay a one-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on the anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide on July 11.

According to sources, Davutoğlu will be attending the commemoration ceremonies and will hold bilateral talks with world leaders who will also be there.

Prime Minister Davutoğlu will also meet with families of the victims in the Bosnian city of Zepa following the ceremonies.

During the ethnic war in Srebrenica, which had been declared as safe zone by United Nations, the city was captured by Bosnian Serbian troops under the command of Gen. Ratko Mladic on July 11, 1995. Dutch soldiers serving under UN command left the area, leaving the Bosniac Muslims at the mercy of Mladic’s troops.

More than 8,000 Bosnians were massacred in forests, fields, factories and warehouses. The bodies of victims were buried in mass graves across the region, and some are still being found and identified to this day.

Mladic, 70, is now on trial in The Hague, Netherlands, accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic apologized last year for “all crimes committed by Serbs” during the war in Bosnia. But he refused to call the massacre in Srebrenica a “genocide.”

Resource: Daily Sabah, June 22, 2015

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