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US NewsMassacre of 8,000 people 'a myth', says Bosnian Serb leader

00:15  14 april  2019
00:15  14 april  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A Bosnian Serb leader has called the Srebrenica massacre - in which more than 8 , 000 Muslim men and boys were murdered - "a fabricated myth ". Some 8 , 000 Muslim men and boys were killed and their bodies dumped in mass graves in the days after Bosnian Serb forces captured the eastern town

SARAJEVO, Bosnia - Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian Serb leader has wrongly called the 1995 Srebrenica massacre , where over 8 , 000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb troops, "a FILE - A Monday, July 11, 2016 file photo of Bosnian people saying prayers in front of coffins

Massacre of 8,000 people 'a myth', says Bosnian Serb leader © Getty Milorad Dodik described the massacre as 'a fabricated myth' A Bosnian Serb leader has called the Srebrenica massacre - in which more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered - "a fabricated myth".

Milorad Dodik, who heads Bosnia's multi-ethnic joint presidency, told a conference discussing war crimes that the 1995 massacre was "something that does not exist."

His comments defy international court rulings that say genocide was committed in the eastern Bosnian enclave during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Mr Dodik said: "Bosniaks did not have a myth so they decided to construct one around Srebrenica."

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia - Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian Serb leader has wrongly called the 1995 Srebrenica massacre , where over 8 , 000 FILE - A Monday, July 11, 2016 file photo of Bosnian people saying prayers in front of coffins during a funeral ceremony for the 127 victims at the Potocari

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik on Friday accused the country's Muslim community and the wider world of "Every people needs a myth -- and the Bosnians didn't have any. But Srebrenica remains emblematic of the worst excesses of that conflict with more than 8 , 000 men and young While most Serbian leaders both in Serbia itself and Bosnia do not deny a massacre occurred some do

The Srebrenica massacre was one of the bloodiest slaughters in Europe since the Second World War.

Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed and their bodies dumped in mass graves in the days after Bosnian Serb forces captured the eastern town of Srebrenica on 11 July 1995.

It has been recognised as genocide by two international courts and Mr Dodik's comments have been condemned by Muslims in Bosnia.

"Srebrenica is a court-proven fact, just as is a court-proven fact that the military and political leadership of the Bosnian Serbs have been convicted of a joint criminal enterprise and genocide," said Ramiz Salkic, a Bosnian Muslim official.

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"Those are historic facts, not a myth. And that is what Dodik should tell his people."

In March, former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian conflict.

His crimes included extermination and murder after he orchestrated massacres and ethnic cleansing in Bosnian towns.

Mladic was removed from court in The Hague prior to the verdicts being read out after he made an angry outburst denying the charges, shouting "this is all lies, you are all liars".

Mr Dodik is also currently subject to US sanctions for "actively obstructing" the Dayton Accords, the peace agreement which ended the Bosnian war.

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The military was given a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects — powers that were used during the civil war but withdrawn when it ended. Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could unleash instability and vowed to “vest all necessary powers with the defence forces” to act against those responsible. I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.

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