Today, the European Parliament commemorated the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. More than 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were deliberately killed by the Bosnian Serb forces in the eastern Bosnian enclave in 1995.
S&D spokesperson on foreign affairs, Tonino Picula, said:
“The genocide in Srebrenica was the worst tragedy in Europe since World War II. We must never forget it! What happened 25 years ago in Srebrenica was a genocide and no one should avoid calling it that. It is particularly unacceptable when genocide is denied for political reasons, impeding genuine and truthful reconciliation.
“Today we must not only remember and honour the victims and their families, but also push for a better future for the upcoming generations. The best way to do this, is to offer to Bosnia and Herzegovina a clear prospect of European integration, and, by doing so, promoting democracy, peace and prosperity.
“Therefore, our priority should be to help Bosnia and Herzegovina become a full member of the EU. We owe it to all victims, but also to young people who, I hope, will live united in their diversity as EU citizens.”