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Austrian parliament adopts resolution on Srebrenica genocide

Austria’s parliament unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday on the genocide in Srebrenica which honors the Bosniaks who were killed in the town on July 11, 1995.

The resolution asks Austrian authorities to continue actively supporting the commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide together with other members of the European Union.

The adoption of the resolution came after Austrian Justice Minister Alma Zadic's official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina this week.

The text of the resolution states that it is being adopted on the occasion of the 27th commemoration of the ethnic cleansing and genocide in Srebrenica, which was declared a protected zone by the UN Security Council Resolution of April 16, 1993.

''Bosnian Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic and based on the order of the then president of (the Bosnia and Herzegovina entity) Republika Srpska occupied and subdued this city. During the next few days, massacres were carried out under the command of General Mladic in which Bosnian Serb soldiers, paramilitary units and irregular police units took part,” it said.

The resolution recalled that over 8,000 Bosniak men and boys who sought protection from the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) were killed.

“At the same time, approximately 30,000 women, children and elderly (people) were forcibly expelled in a major ethnic cleansing operation. Thus, this event became the most serious war crime in Europe since the end of the Second World War,'' said the resolution.

The text of the resolution further states that all these “tragic events in Srebrenica” have left the survivors with “trauma and deep emotional scars.”

The Austrian lawmakers further said that a resolution of the European Parliament had made July 11 the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Srebrenica.


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