Top Iranian diplomat censures EU failure to prevent Srebrenica genocide
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deplored Europe for failing to take action to prevent or at least stop the Srebrenica massacre in 1990s.
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"25 yrs ago today, #SrebrenicaGenocide began as Europe failed to uphold its basic duties,” Zarif tweeted on Saturday, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, in which thousands of Bosnian Muslims were massacred.
“Quarter of a century later Europe is plagued by same ineptitude. The failure of the @UN to take any action at the time—to forever haunt the world body—should remain a lesson for the present", Tasnim News Agency quoted Zarif as saying.
The top diplomat was pointing to the EU’s failure to honor its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
In 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the accord, also known as the JCPOA. Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.
July 11 marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the worst atrocity on European soil after the world war.
In July, 1995, Serb forces systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in the so-called UN-protected enclave in Srebrenica, Bosnia.
More than 1,000 are still considered missing from the mass slaughter during the Bosnian civil war.
Many victims were ambushed along forest routes while fleeing Srebrenica in scorching heat without food or water. They were either shot on the spot, or taken to collective centers where they were executed and thrown into mass graves.