POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister was forced to flee a ceremony held to mark 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday, when mourners hurled stones and bottles at him in what his government later described as an attempted assassination.
Bodyguards surrounded Aleksandar Vucic and rushed him away through a crowd that turned on him moments after he entered the cemetery and laid flowers to 8,000 Muslim men and boys executed after the U.N. safe haven fell to Bosnian Serb forces towards the end of the 1992-95 war.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – A crowd throwing bottles and stones chased Serbia’s prime minister from a ceremony in Bosnia on Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, underscoring the depth of anger over Belgrade’s continued denial of the crime as genocide.
Bodyguards whisked Aleksandar Vucic through angry mourners shouting and booing while a crowd surged up the hill behind the delegation as they ran for their cars. A Bosnian government source said the delegation had left the site.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – Tens of thousands gathered at a cemetery near Srebrenica in Bosnia on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, still tortured by voices of denial and the ongoing search for the dead.
Abandoned by their U.N. protectors toward the end of a 1992-95 war, 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces over five July days, their bodies dumped in pits then dug up months later and scattered in smaller graves in a systematic effort to conceal the crime.
POTOCARI, Bosnia (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people will gather at a cemetery near Srebrenica in Bosnia on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, still tortured by voices of denial and a seemingly endless search for the dead.
Abandoned by their U.N. protectors toward the end of a 1992-95 war, 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces over five July days, their bodies dumped in pits then dug up months later and scattered in smaller graves in a systematic effort to conceal the crime.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany would help Bosnia, the last country in the queue of Western Balkan hopefuls to join the EU, to speed up an accession bid long delayed by internal political bickering.
“In Bosnia we see problems which have to be overcome,” Merkel said in Sarajevo, her last stop on a Balkan tour during which she also visited Albania and Serbia. “The region can function if Bosnia is developing well.”
BELGRADE/SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbia warned that a resolution commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which the United Nations Security Council is due to discuss on Tuesday, would only widen ethnic divides in neighbouring Bosnia.
The British-drafted resolution condemns what it describes as the genocide at Srebrenica and any denial of the genocide. That has angered Serbia and Bosnian Serbs, who have branded it as “anti-Serb” and sent a letter of protest to the United Nations.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian fighters returning from Syria and Iraq are forming regional militant networks that pose a direct threat to security in the Balkans and beyond, a study warned on Thursday.
The returnees have formed links extending to Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo, said the non-profit Sarajevo-based Atlantic Initiative, and may be radicalizing youngsters on the margins of society.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Britain is drafting a resolution at the United Nations Security Council to mark next month’s 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, potentially piling pressure on Serbia to recognize it as genocide.
On July 11, Bosnia will commemorate two decades since Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N. safe haven and killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Sarajevo on Saturday bringing a call for lasting reconciliation 20 years after the Bosnian war.
The one-day visit marks the third by a pope since Bosnia broke away from socialist Yugoslavia and descended into a war between 1992 and 1995 that killed 100,000 people.
With his one-day visit to Sarajevo, the pope is lending his weight to a fresh bid by the European Union to bring change to a country still scarred by the war that claimed 100,000 lives after it broke away from Yugoslavia.