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Serbian Report Admits Thousands Killed In Srebrenica

11 June 2004 -- A Bosnian Serb government commission today admitted clearly that Serbian forces murdered thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.

But the commission's report did not call the atrocity a genocide, a characterization that was established in a ruling earlier this year by The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.

In July 1995, about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb forces led by indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic, as UN Dutch peacekeepers did not intervene.

The commission report said that "accepting and facing the fact that some members of the Serb people committed crimes in Srebrenica in July 1995" could help investigate other crimes in Bosnia and punish those responsible.

The top suspects for the Srebrenica massacre, Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic and Mladic, are still at large.