World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik on Thursday said, "Forgetting the past would be the worst thing done to the memories and souls of the genocide martyrs," in regards to the the killing of 8,372 Bosniak men by Serbs in 1995.
Celik attended the funeral of 409 people at Potacari Memorial cemetery on the 18th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre in Srebrenica.
Celik began his speech by delivering the greetings of Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the accumulator factory where thousands of defenseless Bosnians sought refuge in the factory were given to the hands of Serbian forces led by Ratko Mladic, known as Butcher of Bosnia, by Dutch soldiers on 11 July 1995.
"The commemoration ceremony taking place on July 11 every year reminds us of our sorrow and the dreadful face of war and genocide. The incidents of Srebrenica are heart-wrenching. Srebrenica not only reminds us of sorrow and pain but also is a call to people to reach the merit and joy of living together. All nations should be aware of their responsibility for such incidents not to occur again. Forgetting the past would be the worst thing done to the memories and souls of the genocide martyrs," Celik said.
Emphasizing that Bosnia and Herzegovina had an exceptional place in the hearts of Turkish people, Celik said Turkey attached great importance to the unity, peace and stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Reiterating Turkey's support to fellow Bosnians, Celik offered his condolonces to the families of the martyrs in his closing remarks.
July 11, 1995 marked the slaying of more than 8,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) boys and men, perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica, a town in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition to the killings, more than 20,000 civilians were expelled from the area—a process known as ethnic cleansing. The genocide as the worst episode of mass murder within Europe since World War II, helped galvanize the West to press for a cease-fire that ended three years of warfare on the Bosnian territory. However, it left deep emotional scars on survivors and enduring obstacles to political reconciliation between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Temmuz 2013, 16:26