Int'l Community Failed Bosnian Muslims: Iranian Official
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior adviser to the Iranian president referred to the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide as most cruel, and expressed regret over the silence of international bodies at the time.
Akbar Torkan, who represented Iran in a ceremony in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to mark the 20th anniversary of Bosnian Genocide, regretted that the international community failed to fulfil its duty at the time of the genocide.
Speaking in a Saturday meeting with Grand Mufti of Bosnia Husein Kavazovic, Torkan referred to the massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica as a big historical injustice.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian official pointed to the spread of extremism in today's world, saying that there is no relation between such phenomena and the real Islam.
Kavazovic, for his part, praised Iran's aid to Bosnia during the Bosnian war, stressing that Iran helped the country without any expectation.
On July 11, 1995, Serb troops overran the eastern Bosnian Muslim enclave of Srebrenica and executed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys. International courts labeled the crime an act of genocide.
The remains of Srebrenica victims are still being found in mass graves. So far some 7,000 victims have been excavated from 93 graves or collected from 314 on-surface locations and identified through DNA technology.