Russia to veto Srebrenica condemning resolution

Russia is going to block a United Nations resolution condemning the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica as a genocide

Russia to veto Srebrenica condemning resolution

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia promised Serbia Bosnian Serbs to block a United Nations British-drafted resolution condemning the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica as a genocide, which would be "humiliating" for Serbia and the Serb Republic.

For this reason U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn the Srebrenica massacre as genocide, marking the 20th anniversary of the mass killing, has been delayed until Wednesday as Britain and the United States try to convince Russia not to veto the commemoration.

After being promised that the resolution is going to be vetoed, Serbian PM Alexandar Vucic decided to attend ceremonies on Srebrenica's 20th anniversary July 11.

"I will go proudly and represent a Serbia that is capable of admitting that certain individuals had committed crimes... We must do that for our own sake," Vucic said, referring to the mass killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in July 1995.

Russia has deemed the British-drafted resolution unbalanced and does not want the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys described as genocide. Instead it proposed condemning "the most serious crimes of concern to the international community."

A vote has been delayed until Wednesday morning as talks between Britain, the United States and Russia continue on the draft, giving some more time to try to find compromise language.

A spokesman for the British U.N. mission said discussions "have gone right to the wire."

"Given the significance of the anniversary, we're committed to getting the broadest level of support from council members. We hope this delay will allow us to do so," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2015, 11:06
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