United Nations, 11 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan greeted the five-year anniversary today of the Srebrenica
massacre by warning that the main accused killers remain at large.
Annan released a statement saying the lesson of Srebrenica is that
evil must be confronted with strong resistance rather than compromise and
He expressed concern that this lesson is unlearned because some
of those indicted for leading the massacre have not been apprehended.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The
Hague indicted Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and Bosnian Serb
General Ratko Mladic in 1995 for involvement in the massacre of Bosnian
Muslims. A UN investigation last year said searchers found bodies of about
2,500 men and boys in mass graves. Officials said that thousands more still
Annan was the undersecretary-general responsible for peacekeeping at
the time and has admitted to errors and misjudgments. In his statement
today, he expressed remorse to the survivors of the massacre victims.
Last week, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe said in a statement in connection with the Srebrenica anniversary
that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is ultimately responsible for "a
seemingly endless list" of war crimes in the Balkans. Council President
Lord Russell-Johnston called Srebrenica "the most horrific single act of
crime in Europe for half a century."
He said that the criminal tribunal properly charged Serbs Ratko Mladic
and Radovan Karadzic with direct complicity for Srebrenica. But, he said,
Milosevic ultimately was behind Srebrenica and numerous other slaughters.