Serbia Finally Sorry for Srebrenica

Stops short of calling massacre 'genocide'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2010 3:00 AM CDT
Bosnian Muslim from Srebrenica Nura Begovic, 58, watches the TV broadcast of the Radovan Karadzic trial, in front of wall covered with photos of victims of the Srebrenica massacre, Nov. 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Amel Emric)
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(Newser) – Serbia moved closer to getting into the EU yesterday when its parliament condemned the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys. Despite opposition from Serb nationalists, an overwhelming majority voted in favor of the resolution that "strongly condemned" Europe's worst mass killing since World War II but stopped short of recognizing the wartime crime against Bosnian Muslims as genocide.

A leader of the Serbian parliament hailed the resolution as "a milestone on Serbia’s road to the construction of a modern European society," while nationalists, who angrily walked out on the vote, said the apology would “turn Serbia into an eternal villain,” the Times of London reports. Bosnian Muslims were also displeased: A resolution that fails to mention genocide is "an insult," the spokeswoman for a group of survivors and relatives of victims of the massacre said.

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