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UK Criticizes Russia Over Vetoing UNSC Resolution on Srebrenica

© AP Photo / Amel EmricBosnian woman Merima Nukic prays at the grave of her father during a funeral ceremony at the memorial center in Potocari, near Srebrenica, 160 kms east of Sarajevo, Bosnia
Bosnian woman Merima Nukic prays at the grave of her father during a funeral ceremony at the memorial center in Potocari, near Srebrenica, 160 kms east of Sarajevo, Bosnia - Sputnik International
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Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said earlier that the adoption of the resolution on Srebrenica, specifically the form it was presented, would aggravate the situation in the region, as there was no consensus on the issue even in Bosnia and Herzegovina itself.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Failure to adopt a British draft resolution in the UN Security Council condemning the 1995 killings in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica as genocide is an "insult" to Srebrenica's victims, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday.

The resolution was vetoed earlier in the day by Russia. Ten of the Security Council's 15 members voted in favor of the document, while four abstained.

"The failure to adopt this Resolution is a snub to the families of the victims and the survivors of Srebrenica. True reconciliation requires facing up to the realities of the past by all sides and determination to learn the lessons for the future," Hammond was quoted as saying on a UK government website.

War veterans from the Balkan war of the 1990's stand near a memorial at the memorial center Potocari, near Srebrenica, 150 kms northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia - Sputnik International
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On Sunday, the presidents of both the Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Serbia, who do not deny the crime, but do not refer to it as genocide, asked Russia to veto the adoption of the resolution in the UN Security Council.

Republika Srpska's President Milorad Dodik warned that the resolution could bring about the disintegration of Bosnia and Herzegovina, if is was adopted.

According to Hammond, the British resolution for the commemoration of Srebrenica victims and victims on all sides of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, calls for reconciliation and "justice for all," and "did not point fingers of blame nor seek to reopen painful divisions."

"We owe it to all those who lost their lives in the war to work together to help build a safe and prosperous Bosnia Herzegovina," Hammond added.

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