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Serbia offers apology for Srebrenica massacre

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's Parliament approved a declaration Tuesday condemning the 1995 Serb massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, in a bid to distance the country from the rule of the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

The declaration passed with a slim majority of 127 votes in the 250-seat Parliament.

"The National Assembly of Serbia harshly condemns the crime committed against the Bosnian residents of Srebrenica in July 1995 … expressing condolences and apology to the victims' families," it says.

The declaration was put forward by the ruling pro-Western coalition, which said it would help regional reconciliation and Serbia's effort to become a member of the European Union.

Nationalist lawmakers rejected the Srebrenica declaration as "shameful" and "unjust." They insisted fewer people were killed in Srebrenica and denied Western accusations of mass executions.

In Sarajevo, Bosnian Muslim survivors said the declaration failed to call the killings a genocide, in accordance with rulings by international courts.

"Genocide was committed," said Sabra Mujic, whose husband was killed in Srebrenica. "As long as we are alive, we will pass on to the future generations that it was genocide."

The EU also wants Serbia to arrest ex-Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic.

Serbia offers apology for Srebrenica massacre 03/31/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 11:23pm]
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