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    A woman weeps as she visits the grave of a family member at the Potocari memorial complex near Srebrenica, 150 kilometers (94 miles) northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Saturday, July 11, 2015

    Some 70,000 Expected in Srebrenica to Attend Massacre Commemoration

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    Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, when over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in an ethnic conflict.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) — Up to 70,000 people are expected to take part in Saturday's commemoration to victims of the 1995 killings in the town of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a representative of the event organizing committee, Camil Durakovic, said cited by Serbian news agency Tanjug.

    The ceremony will take place in Srebrenica's Potocari Memorial. Remains of 136 victims of the massacre, identified in recent years, will be buried in a cemetery at the memorial center.

    Former US President Bill Clinton, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron, president of the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, and the leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia will be among the guests at the ceremony, Tanjug reported.

    During the Bosnian War, over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in Srebrenica in July 1995 after the city was occupied by units of the army of Republika Srpska under the command of Gen. Ratko Mladic.

    The ICTY and the International Court of Justice have classified the massacre in Srebrenica as genocide.

    Serbia and Bosnian Serbs do not deny that the tragic events occurred, but disagree with the use of the word 'genocide' to describe the killings.

    ICTY and the Bosnian courts have issued a number of convictions for crimes in Srebrenica in the post-war years. ICTY considers the massacres of Bosnian Muslims to be the responsibility of two political leaders of Bosnian Serbs from that period: Radovan Karadzic, and Gen. Ratko Mladic. Both men are currently involved in trials in the Hague court.

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