Twenty-five years have passed since the Srebrenica genocide, where an estimated 8 thousand Bosnian muslims were killed by Bosnian Serb forces under the command of Ratko Mladić.
Commemorations this year, marking the worst atrocity committed on European soil since World War II, were drastically reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
President Zoran Milanović offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
"In addition to the sincere condolences I offer today, and not for the first time, it is important to show the families of the Srebrenica victims and the few survivors that we understand their pain and that we not allow the genocide that took place in Srebrenica to be challenged. For the sake of the future, but also for the sake of the present, it is important to say and accept that the entirety of the Serbian people, nor a majority, are not and cannot be guilty of genocide, neither can we include their people in general within the category of responsibility. It is important, however, to note that the real culprits, those who are truly responsible, have not yet been brought to justice," said the president in a taped announcement.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković described the Srebrenica genocide as "a tragic and indisputable fact that must never happen again." He added that Croatia would always be ready to help Bosnia and Herzegovina "to build a better future as a country of three equal constituent peoples, especially on its path towards membership in the European Union."
Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić-Radman said on Saturday that crimes committed in Srebrenica should be a permanent reminder of the importance of peace and democracy.
"Today, it is with the deepest respect that we commemorate the victims of Srebrenica, which was indisputably the venue of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity in Europe after the Second World War," the Croatian minister stated on his Twitter account.
The minister said that the atrocities committed in Srebrenica also reminded everybody of the importance of rapid joint response to the appearance of policies that cause such grave crimes against humanity.
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