SREBRENICA – The day of remembrance for the Serb victims slaughtered 23 years ago by Muslim forces led by wartime commander Naser Oric was marked in Bratunac and Srebrenica on Sunday.
The divine service served at the Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Srebrenica was, among others, attended by Jonathan Moore, the Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Moore told Tanjug it is important to respect all the victims of Srebrenica, both the Serb and Muslim ones.
After the service, representatives of the local government and citizens laid flowers at the cemetery in the nearby town of Bratunac.
The day of remembrance was wrapped up with a memorial service, lighting of candles and laying of flowers to fallen soldiers and civilians at the memorial in the village of Zalazje near Srebrenica.
On this occasion, officials of Republika Srpska said that back in 1992 the Muslim forces under Oric’s command raided several Serb villages on Petrovdan (the Feast of St. Peter and Paul), July 12, slew 69 Serb civilians and soldiers and captured 22.
According to eyewitnesses, Naser Oric slew nine Serbs by his own hand, including Srebrenica Judge Slobodan Ilic.
From April 1992 to May 1996, a total of 474 persons were killed in the Serb villages around Srebrenica, including nine children.