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    Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has been chased out of a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday by an angry crowd of Bosnian Muslims who attacked him with rocks and stones.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In July 1995, some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in Srebrenica, a Muslim-majority town of the mainly Serb eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The massacre took place after the town was occupied by Bosnian Serbs under the command of Gen. Ratko Mladic.

    The ceremony has gathered tens of thousands of attenders, including several heads of Balkan states. However, the visit of Alexander Vucic lasted less than expected.

    An angry crown of Muslims reportedly jumped over fences and started throwing rocks and bottles at Vucic chanting "Kill, kill." According to his aide, one of the rocks has reached the Prime Minister’s face, breaking his glasses.

    Vucic returned to Serbia right after the attack.

    Head of the Srebrenica municipality Camil Durakovic, who has personally invited Vucic to attend the commemoration, has publicly apologized to him for the incident stating that he has been "deeply disappointed" with what has happened.

    Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic was quick to call the incident "an attack on the whole Serbia."

    Russian Foreign Ministry's Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov noted that the Saturday attack on Serbian delegation signifies that the peoples of former Yugoslavia have not reconciled with each other yet.

    "Politicized steps by the West in the United Nations are not helping this cause [of Yugoslavian reconciliation,]" Dolgov tweeted.

    The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has indicted a total of 20 individuals for the crimes committed in Srebrenica.

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

    Serbia, as well as Russia, are reluctant to call the tragic events in Srebrenica a genocide, arguing that strong language will not help the Balkan nations reconcile. Earlier this week, Russia vetoed a correspondent UN Security Council resolution.

    On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry called for all individuals responsible for the massacre in Srebrenica to be brought to justice.


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