Russia: Sorry, Srebrenica Was Not a Genocide

UN resolution fails in 10-1 vote with Russian veto
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2015 11:27 AM CDT
Russia: Sorry, Srebrenica Was Not a Genocide
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday.   (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia has vetoed a UN resolution that would have condemned the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as a "crime of genocide." The Security Council put the resolution to a vote today despite appeals from Russia and China not to vote because of divisions in the UN's most powerful body. The vote was 10-1 with four abstentions. Two international courts have called the slaughter by Bosnian Serbs of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys (who had sought refuge at what was supposed to be a UN-protected site) genocide. But Russia, Serbia, and the Bosnian Serbs denounced the resolution as divisive. (More Srebrenica stories.)

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