SREBRENICA, Bosnia and Herzegovina: The remains of 19 much victims of the Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims were laid to remainder connected Sunday (Jul 11) during a commemoration marking 26 years since the genocide that inactive profoundly divides the Balkan nation.
Serb forces killed much than 8,000 Muslim men and boys aft they captured the ill-fated municipality connected Jul 11, 1995, successful the last stages of Bosnia's 1990s war.
It marked the worst atrocity committed connected European ungraded since World War II and was deemed a genocide by planetary justice, though astir taste Serbs and their leaders successful some Bosnia and Serbia cull the label.
Because the bodies of the victims were primitively dumped into wide graves, astir of which were past moved successful an effort to fell the atrocity, families were not capable to hide the remains of their loved ones until they were recovered years later.
The remains of 19 specified victims, including 2 teenagers, were laid to remainder during Sunday's ceremony, held astatine a memorial centre conscionable extracurricular of town.
They joined the remains of 6,671 Srebrenica victims that person been buried astatine the cemetery truthful far, portion different 236 radical person been laid to remainder elsewhere.
"I volition hide lone the scull of my member but adjacent it is not whole," Azir Osmanovic told reporters.
His member Azmir was 16 years aged successful July 1995 erstwhile helium tried to fly Srebrenica with a radical of different teenagers arsenic the Serbs captured the town, but entered a excavation field, Osmanovic said.
"My member and 2 different boys died there."
Azmir's scull was recovered successful 2018 and identified a fewer months ago.
"I decided to hide him this twelvemonth to person astatine slightest a spot to commune for him.
"I don't deliberation thing other could beryllium recovered aft each these years," Osmanovic said.
STILL SEARCHING FOR VICTIMS
Most of the massacre victims were changeable dormant successful groups of hundreds astatine antithetic sites successful the Srebrenica region.
"It's getting much hard to find caller wide graves," the memorial centre spokeswoman Almasa Salihovic said.
"We are inactive searching for much than 1 1000 victims."
A UN tribunal sentenced some Bosnian Serb wartime governmental person Radovan Karadzic and his service main Ratko Mladic, to beingness successful prison, notably for Srebrenica.
On the eve of this year's massacre anniversary, the Serb subordinate of Bosnia's associated presidency Milorad Dodik repeated his presumption that "there was nary genocide."
"There is accusation that coffins (with victims remains) are empty, that determination are nary remains successful them, they conscionable enactment a name," helium said quoted by the Bosnian Serb tv RTRS.
Head of Bosnia's institute for missing radical Amor Masovic labelled Dodik's comments "horrifying."
"At the memorial centre, determination are victims of whom lone 1 bony was recovered and buried."
European Union overseas argumentation main Josep Borrell and the bloc's enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi urged Balkan governmental leaders to look the past.
"There is nary spot successful Europe for genocide denial, revisionism and glorification of warfare criminals," they said successful a associated connection Saturday.
The Bosnian authorities earlier this week failed to proclaim Jul 11 the nationalist mourning time since taste Serb ministers opposed the move.