Thursday, January 05, 2006

January 4, 2006 Wednesday 4:59 PM

Serbian president to attend commemoration for Srebrenica Serbs

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Hercegovina

Serbian President Boris Tadic is to join a commemoration in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica on Orthodox Christmas for Serbs killed during thecountry's 1992-95 war, veterans' group said on Wednesday.

Tadic is to visit on Saturday the village of Kravice, near Srebrenica, where"he will lay down wreaths and pay honor to (Serb) victims," the Bosnian Serb veterans said in a statement.

Serbs accuse Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica, led by their former commander Naser Oric, of having committed crimes against Serb civilians in Kravice on Orthodox Christmas Eve of January 6, 1993.

Tadic visited Srebrenica for the first time on July 11 last year, to attend ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces. The Srebrenica massacre is the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

Bosnian Serb veterans claim that Muslim forces based in Srebrenica killed more than 3,000 Serbs in the region during the war. However, according to the UN war crimes tribunal the more accurate figure is around 990, based on information provided by Bosnian Serb prosecutors.

Oric is on trial at the UN tribunal in The Hague, facing charges for crimes allegedly committed by troops under his command mainly in Serb villages around Srebrenica in 1992 and 1993.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

muslim murders.....When will the world wake up???????

Anonymous said...

Using the figures of 990 Serbs killed, provided by the Bosnian serb prosecuters, is kinda of like letting the wolves watch the chickens.... Yet U.N. officials don't seem to want to question it!!!