Wednesday, January 2, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (January 2,2008) - The Commander of the European Union Force in Bosnia (EUFOR), Major General Ignacio Villalaín conducted a private visit to the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in order to pay his respects to the genocide victims.

In a personal gesture, he chose Srebrenica to be his first field visit since taking command of EUFOR on 4 December 2007.

Major General Villalaín visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Potocari, where he laid flowers and conveyed his personal thoughts in a message in the visitors’ book of impressions, EUFOR said.

Whilst recognising the loss of the families of the genocide victims, COM EUFOR expressed his hopes that the memorial would serve as a spur to all us to prevent such atrocities ever occurring in the future.

In July 1995 the genocidal Serbian aggressor's forces mass murdered up to 10,000 Bosnian civilians from Srebrenica.The Srebrenica massacre has been deemed by the UN war crimes tribunal and the International Court of Justice to have constituted genocide. Thousands of bodies of the genocide victims have been uncovered from about 60 mass graves around Srebenica.

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