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Srebrenica: Russia vetoes UN resolution to recognise massacre as genocide

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP, REUTERS, APTN
Srebrenica: Russia vetoes UN resolution to recognise massacre as genocide

<p>Russia has wielded its veto in the UN Security Council to block a resolution that would recognise the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as genocide.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As UN officials recall 'horrors,' Security Council fails to condemn <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Srebrenica?src=hash">#Srebrenica</a> as genocide <a href="http://t.co/2HAoJAb9HQ">http://t.co/2HAoJAb9HQ</a> <a href="http://t.co/qJGZSUfxzs">pic.twitter.com/qJGZSUfxzs</a></p>— UN News Centre (@UN_News_Centre) <a href="https://twitter.com/UN_News_Centre/status/618849892358860800">8 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Drafted by the UK to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian War atrocity, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin dismissed it as “counter-productive and likely to cause greater tension in the region.”</p> <p>Four other members of the Council abstained while the rest voted in favour. Serbia does not have a seat on the Council and asked ally Moscow for support during the meeting.</p> <p>In Srebrenica, a peace march is retracing the path taken by thousands of Muslim men and boys who fled the eastern Bosnian town to escape the advancing Bosnian Serb forces.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thousands march to remember <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Srebrenica?src=hash">#Srebrenica</a> massacre victims <a href="http://t.co/x5W23vHtPr">http://t.co/x5W23vHtPr</a> <a href="http://t.co/WDmi3ngX4D">pic.twitter.com/WDmi3ngX4D</a></p>— The Straits Times (@STcom) <a href="https://twitter.com/STcom/status/618810406983733248">8 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>More than 8000 fathers, husbands, brothers and sons were killed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We join Bosnia and Herzegovina in honouring victims of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Srebrenica?src=hash">#Srebrenica</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/genocide?src=hash">#genocide</a>. Moving testimony by Adisada Dudic <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/R2P?src=hash">#R2P</a> <a href="http://t.co/3h6ofy6Lsx">pic.twitter.com/3h6ofy6Lsx</a></p>— Luxembourg <span class="caps">ONU</span> (@LuxembourgUN) <a href="https://twitter.com/LuxembourgUN/status/616262887456309248">1 Juillet 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Adisada Dudic survived the massacre as a six-year-old: “It is clear that genocide took place in a systematic way. It was a systematic murder of thousands upon thousands of people and deportation of a certain ethnic group out of a particular area, that clearly just fits into the definition of genocide, and if we cannot stand for that than I honestly do not understand what is the point of the United Nations and these kinds of organisations really”.</p> <p>Saturday is the 20th anniversary of Europe’s worst mass killing since the Holocaust.</p> <p>Thousands are expected at a ceremony in Srebrenica. The recently discovered remains of 136 victims will be interred.</p> <p>Twenty years may have passed, but signs of Srebrenica’s tormented past are still visible all around.</p>