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Iran Parliament: Srebrenica Massacre Signifies Inability of Int'l Community

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TEHRAN, July 6 (ICANA) – The Iranian parliament, in a statement marking the anniversary of the 1995 massacre of the Muslims in Srebrenica, described the tragic event as an example of the international community's weakness in helping the oppressed and implementing justice, and urged severe punishment of the criminals behind the mass killing.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 7:03:11 PM
Iran Parliament: Srebrenica Massacre Signifies Inability of Int'l Community

"Massacre of the Srebrenica Muslims has signified both the weakness and inability of the international community in resolving global and regional crises as well as the instrumental views and double-standard attitude of those who claim to be defending the human rights," parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said in the statement.

The commission again condemned the massacre, and called for the swift punishment of the criminals responsible for the mass killing.

They also welcomed the late arrest of Ratko Mladic, commander of the Serbian forces.

The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide, refers to the July 1995 killing of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladic during the Bosnian War, in the largest mass murder committed in Europe since World War II. A paramilitary unit from Serbia known as the Scorpions, officially part of the Serbian Interior Ministry until 1991, participated in the massacre.

Fugitive Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been arrested in Serbia after 16 years on the run.

Mladic, 69, was found in a village in Northern Serbia where had been living under an assumed name.

After being captured by Serbian forces on 26 May, General Mladic was extradited to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) despite his claim of being terminally ill with cancer.

At the courthouse in The Hague on Monday, Mladic, argued with Judge Alphons Orie over his legal representation.

Meantime, several hundred survivors of the Bosnian war gathered in Sarajevo to urge the court not to allow General Mladic to mock it and to pursue a fair and swift trial.

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