Bosnia prepares 20th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide

Ceremony marking 20th anniversary of genocide is expected to attract 50,000 people from around the world

Bosnia prepares 20th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A hundred and fifteen victims of the Srebrenica genocide will be buried on the July 11- 20th anniversary of Europe's worst massacre since the Second World War, according to the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The victims' bodies were exhumed from mass graves in the village of Potocari in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, six kilometers northwest of the town of Srebrenica -- a process that has been carried for the past 20 years.

This year, the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide is expected to attract 50,000 people from around the world, including high-ranking government officials.

The ceremony is expected to be attended by European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic, Slovenian President Borut Pahor and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, as well as Queen Noor of Jordan.

"Technical preparations are almost over," said Srebrenica mayor Camil Durakovic to Anadolu Agency. "This year, we have built stands at the higher spots of the memorial. Considering that fact that we have non-Muslim guests, this will allow them to see how Muslims bade farewell and hold funerals for their beloveds."

- Record number at Peace March

Meanwhile, Durakovic is expecting a record number of 10,000 people to attend the Mars Mira, or Peace March, for this year's anniversary.

Every year on July 7, thousands of people from around the world march from the city of Tuzla to Srebrenica -- about 101 kilometers. It is the exact route that victims took in order to escape from the genocide. It is a three-day walk that ends at the memorial service for the victims of the genocide on July 11.

"This year we are expecting the highest number of 10,000 people according to the registrations on the website. In the previous years, we had around 7,000 to 8,000 people," said Durakovic.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Haziran 2015, 15:01