Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday described the Srebrenica massacre as “the darkest tragedy” that occurred in Europe after the Second World War, calling for reconciliation and solidarity.
Sanchez said in a video posted on Twitter, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, that it was “the darkest tragedy witnessed in Europe after the Second World War.”
He called for “reconciliation, solidarity, harmony and hope,” adding that “reconciliation is the key and parts of the European project’s core principles and values.”
He considered that the current solidarity Europe “was born from the ashes of the largest and most painful conflicts, and from achieving reconciliation and solidarity among the darkest times and the most historic enmities.”
Sanchez stated that the aspiration of Bosnia and Herzegovina to join the European Union is its legitimate right, and that Madrid supports it strongly.
It is reported that the Serbian forces, led by Ratko Mladic, entered Srebrenica on July 11, 1995, after declaring it a safe area by the United Nations.
Within days, the Serbian forces committed a massacre that claimed the lives of more than 8,000 Bosnians, ranging in age from 7 to 70 years, after the Dutch forces operating there handed over tens of thousands of Bosnians to the Serbian forces.
The Kosovar Prizren city witnessed, on Sunday, a memorial ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, which is described as the largest humanitarian tragedy in Europe after the Second World War (1939-1945).
Participation in the memorial ceremony organized by “Charsky Bihar”, the Minister of Regional Development in Kosovo Anis Kervan, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Vikrim Damka, the Turkish Ambassador to Prishtina Cagri Saqar, party heads and local officials.
Anatolia correspondent stated that participation in the ceremony was limited due to the measures taken to combat the Coruna virus.
In a speech to him during the ceremony, Kervan said that what happened in Srebrenica was a great stigma in Europe.
He praised the solidarity shown by the Kosovar people towards the victims of the massacre, adding: “Our hearts are with our Bosnian brothers.”
For his part, Saqqar said that Turkey will never allow the Srebrenica massacre to be forgotten, to prevent a similar tragedy anywhere in the world.
He added: “We will continue to work together with our Bosnian brothers to make Srebrenica a place for coexistence in an atmosphere of peace, friendship, brotherhood and tolerance.”