UN's Ban Ki-moon visits Srebrenica graveyard

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Associated Press

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon bowed and gently laid white flowers at a Bosnian memorial for the 8,000 Muslim boys and men killed in the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

Srebrenica was the worst massacre in Europe since World War II and took place in an area that was officially under U.N. protection during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The U.N. has acknowledged its failure to protect the men and boys, who were killed by Serb forces.

Ban laid a wreath of white roses on behalf of the U.N. at the monument, a low-lying circular granite wall engraved with victims' names at the center of the large cemetery-memorial complex. Privately, he and his wife each placed a white lily and both bowed facing the graves. Ban then met with widows and survivors.

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