The 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre will be marked next week in the town's memorial site, Potocarito.
However, several classified documents and mass evidence show that British, American and French governments were negotiating to cede Srebrenica to Serbs in pursuit of peace at any price, The Guardian has reported. Though western powers hardly could have predicted the extent of the tragedy, evidence reveals they should have been aware of Mladic's intention to accomplish "ethnic cleansing" and have the Bosniak Muslim population of the entire region "vanish completely".
Several exclusive interviews — like that of the US envoy Richard Holbrooke who told Bosnian Hayat TV in 2005: "I was under initial instructions to sacrifice Srebrenica, Goražde and Žepa" — show wider involvement of the West in the events leading to the fall of Srebrenica.
20 years ago, in July 1995, Bosnian Serb death squads entered the town of Srebrenica, at the time proclaimed one of six UN-protected "safe areas", and killed eight thousand Bosnian Muslim men and boys in a four-day massacre.