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July 11, 2010

Lessons yet to be learnt from Srebrenica massacre, World Cup must remember the 15th Anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

“The World Cup finals tonight between the Netherlands and Spain must observe one minute silence on the 15th Anniversary of the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks). It is all the more important as it was the Dutch troops that looked on as the massacre to took place,” said the Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi.

“We are constantly being reminded that Europe has a Judeo-Christian heritage and values. Not only did the West looked on as the atrocities in Srebrenica were carried out, but like other Western countries, our Tory Government continued to impose arms embargo against the Bosnian Muslims whilst the killing spree and rapes were taking place,” said Versi.

“We must never forget the act of genocide that happened at Srebrenica. It was a crime that shamed Europe,” Prime Minister David Cameron said on the 15th anniversary of the massacre of 8,000 Bosniak Muslims by Christian Serbs.

“We owe it to the victims to learn the lesson of Srebrenica: that evil must be confronted if humanity is to be protected. We owe it to the victims to ensure that those indicted f or this appalling crime are pursued relentlessly until they are brought to justice,” Cameron said.

“As we look to the future, we pledge never to forget the past, and to do all in our power to ensure that sure an atrocity can never be repeated,” Cameron said.

Baroness Warsi, Minister Without Portfolio and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party is in Srebrenica on behalf of the British Government to commemorate the genocide at Srebrenica.

“It will be a heart-wrenching event, but this will not simply be about commemorating the dead. This will be a sign of our support, our sympathy, and our unstinting solidarity with the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will also reaffirm a fundamental point: such evil acts must never be allowed to happen again,” said Warsi.

Versi added that Islamophobia and Islamophobic attacks are on the increase in Europe. “It seems we still haven’t learnt from the Bosnian massacre. Europe must wake up to anti-Islamic anti-Muslim attacks in their countries, before it is too late,” said Versi.

The genocide, the worst in Europe since World War Two, happened in a UN-protected "safe area" as 400 armed Dutch 'peacekeepers' looked on. At the time, Bosnia was subjected to an arms embargo supported by Britain’s previous Conservative Government.

Bosnian Serb Commander Ratko Mladic, whose forces carried out the massacre remains at large.

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