Turkey won’t forget the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Thursday on the 18th anniversary of the worst slaughter on European soil since the Nazi era.

“What happened in Srebrenica is a genocide. It is deemed a genocide by both the United Nations and the International Court of Justice in The Hague… We shouldn’t let similar incidents take place and mothers cry. We will never forget Srebrenica and won’t let anyone forget,” Bozdağ said in his Twitter feed on Thursday.


Tens of thousands have gathered in Bosnia to rebury 409 newly identified victims of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II, when Serbs killed over 8,000 Srebrenica men and boys. Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik is among those attending the ceremony.

Among the victims are 43 teenage boys and a baby that was born during the ordeal. They are being laid to rest at a special cemetery near Srebrenica where victims are buried as their remains are gradually found in mass graves. As of Thursday there were 6,066 victims found; a further 2,306 are still missing.

source: todayszaman