Bill Clinton to lead US delegation to Srebrenica

2015-07-09 13:25
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Washington - Former US president Bill Clinton will visit Srebrenica for a commemoration on Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the mass murder of 8 000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces.

Clinton, US president from 1993 to 2001, will head a US presidential delegation, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

Earlier, Russia vetoed a draft UN resolution that would have recognised the Srebrenica massacre as genocide, saying it unfairly singled out Bosnian Serbs for war crimes.

Bosnian Serb forces led by Ratko Mladic overran the UN-protected safe haven of Srebrenica on 11 July, 1995 in what was to become one of the darkest chapters of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Mladic's troops brushed aside the lightly armed Dutch UN peacekeepers and loaded thousands of Muslim men and boys onto trucks before executing them in a nearby forest and burying them in mass graves.

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