Russia Vetoes UN Move To Recognise Sebrenica ‘Genocide’

Sebrenica was the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

Sebrenica was the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

Sebrenica was the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

Russia vetoed a draft UN resolution that would have recognised the Sebrenica massacre as genocide, triggering warnings the bitter diplomatic wrangling could spark renewed violence. Britain had put forward the text to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre of 8,000 Muslim boys and men by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995. Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela abstained from the vote at the 15-member Security Council while 10 other countries voted in favour of the text that also condemned genocide denial. The Russian veto was welcomed by Serbia’s president, who said it was “a great day for Serbia”, but the head of the mothers of Sebrenica group accused Moscow of “supporting criminals, those who killed our children.” Serbia and the Bosnian Serbs had called on Russia to use its veto power to block the resolution, arguing that it was “anti-Serb” because it only highlighted killings in the final months of a war that left 100,000 people dead. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin slammed the draft resolution as “not constructive, confrontational and politically motivated,” arguing that it unfairly singled out Bosnian Serbs for atrocities committed during the war. British Deputy Ambassador Peter Wilson accused Russia of siding “with those who are unwilling to accept the facts today.” “Genocide occurred at Sebrenica. This is a legal fact, not a political judgement. On this, there is no compromise,” he said.

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