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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Srebrenica - 17 years on

In two months' time, it will be 17 years since the UN-protected area of Srebrenica in Bosnia was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces, led by General Ratko Mladic. The hopelessly outgunned Dutch battalion acquiesced to the demands by the Bosnian Serbs, and helped them to separate the Bosnian Moslim men and boys. Seven thousand of them were taken to a nearby forest, and summarily executed.

The three officers in charge of Dutchbat, headed by retired Col Karremans, now face legal proceedings on a possible charge of genocide. Karremans and his subordinates were aware of the fact that the lives of Moslims were in danger, yet proceeded to evict them from the Dutchbat compound. A number of them had worked for Dutchbat, but found their deaths at the hands of Mladic. The eviction, in the minds of survivors and relatives of those killed, amounts to complicity.

Dutch broadcaster NOS reports that a special advisory chamber in the Dutch judiciary has ruled that these proceedings can be filed.Whether they will is a decision of the public prosecutor.

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