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EU: anniversary of Srebrenica genocide. Mogherini and Hahn, “remembering” and “building a better future”

(Brussels) “The commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide reminds us of one of the darkest hours in the history of man and of modern Europe”. This has been written by the High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, and by the Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, in a joint statement on the day that celebrates the 23rd anniversary of the tragic events. “It is our responsibility to prevent such atrocities and not let them happen ever again”, the EU authorities add, as they speak to “the survivors and to the families and friends of those who suffered and lost their lives”. The joint statement says “that, as we commemorate, we are responsible for building a better future for the generations that will come after us, a future built on reconciliation, by abstaining from divisive and rhetoric actions”. Mogherini and Hahn mention the efforts recently made by our partners in the region, which proved that good neighbourly relations are possible”. In their opinion, “mutual respect, recognition and remembrance” are required “to build a better future for everyone”. “The EU will keep supporting the citizens of Bosnia Herzegovina in overcoming the legacy of the past, so that the country may go on in its European journey”, the High Representative and Commissioner Hahn conclude. In 1995, over 10 thousand Muslim Bosnians were killed and thrown in mass graves and in the local woods, surrounded by the Bosnian Serb army led by Ratko Mladic and by Serbian paramilitary forces.

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