In Srebrenica anger forced a former U.N. commander to leave the memorial site to the 8,000 victims of the 1995 massacre.
It was Phillipe Morillon’s first visit to the town since the slaughter. He was scheduled to meet officials and relatives instead he was questioned why he had broken a promise to protect them.
“If only I had known that it would last for another two years, that it would end this way I would have evacuated everybody. But I could not do it because I would have been regarded as an accomplice in the ethnic cleansing and Sarajevo did not want it,” he responded to the questions.
It was in 1993 that Phillipe Morillon commanded the United Nations Protection Force in Srebrenica and was in charge of delivering aid to thousands of Muslims from eastern Bosnia seeking refuge. It was then he promised, ‘I will never abandon you’
Two years later a contingent of armed Dutch peacekeepers, failed to prevent the town’s capture by Bosnian Serb forces and the subsequent massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys. Morillon is still blamed by many for not doing enough to alert the United Nations to the town’s plight.