Srebrenica Ceremony Marks 10 Years Since Massacre
July 11 (Bloomberg) -- The families of Bosnian Muslim men and boys who were killed by Serb forces in the mining town of Srebrenica are gathering today to mark the 10th anniversary of the massacre, the worst slaughter in Europe since World War II.
More than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim males died when Srebrenica was overrun by soldiers commanded by General Ratko Mladic, who has been indicted by the United Nations war-crimes court in The Hague on charges that include genocide in connection with the massacre during Bosnia's 1992-1995 civil war.
Mladic and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic are the tribunal's two most wanted suspects. The court's chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, said she wasn't attending today's ceremony in the nearby town of Potocari, to protest the failure of Serb authorities to hand over the two men.
``She's not attending because how can she face the families of the victims, the people to whom she's not been able to bring justice?'' said Florence Hartmann, a spokeswoman for del Ponte, in a telephone interview today. ``We collected the evidence and made the indictment, but we can't do anything if the Serb authorities won't even arrest these people.''
The Bosnian Serb government last November publicly apologized Nov. 10 for the massacre. President Boris Tadic arrived in Srebrenica today to attend the ceremony, becoming the first Serbian official to visit the site, Agence France-Presse reported.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia is mandated to complete its trials by 2008 and review all appeals by 2010. There are 20 fugitives who should face trial in The Hague, more than dozen of them living freely in Serbia, del Ponte said in a report to the UN Security Council in November.