Kosovo states July 11 as Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day


(MENAFN) Kosovo made a significant decision on Wednesday by declaring July 11 as Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day, honoring the memory of over 8,300 men and boys who were tragically killed in the hills surrounding Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1995. This declaration underscores Kosovo's commitment to remembering and acknowledging the events of the Srebrenica genocide, aligning with its implementation of the UN resolution on this tragic event.

Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla-Schwarz emphasized Kosovo's role as one of the first countries to implement the UN resolution, making the designation of July 11 a focal point of their government's recent meeting. This decision coincides with Turkey's official recognition of July 11 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica, highlighting international solidarity and commemoration.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, preparations for the solemn observance are underway as the remains of 14 additional victims of the Srebrenica genocide were sent to Potocari village. These individuals, like many others, will be laid to rest in the memorial cemetery at Potocari on the 29th anniversary of the genocide. Each year on July 11, newly identified victims are honored with burials at this site, located in the eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The UN General Assembly's recent resolution, supported by Germany and co-sponsored by over 40 countries, solidifies July 11 as the "International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica." This global recognition underscores the importance of remembering the victims and reflecting on the tragic events of Srebrenica, ensuring that such atrocities are never forgotten.

Among the victims to be buried this year is Beriz Mujic, who was only 17 years old when he was killed in July 1995 near Bratunac. His remains, discovered 28 years later in the Srebrenica municipality area, serve as a poignant reminder of the ongoing efforts to identify and honor those who lost their lives during this dark chapter in history.

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