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Monday, October 11, 1999 Published at 19:51 GMT 20:51 UK

World: Americas

Kofi Annan apologises for Srebrenica

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has expressed regret for the UN failure to take decisive action to halt the suffering of thousands of people during the war in Bosnia.

At the start of a two-day visit to Sarajevo, Mr Annan said that the tragedy of Srebrenica would haunt the world forever.

The capture of the eastern town of Srebenica by Serb forces, despite its status as a UN safe area, was followed by a massacre of more than 7,000 Muslims. UN soldiers did not intervene to stop the killings.

Mr Annan said that Bosnia was as much a moral cause as a military conflict.

On Tuesday, Mr Annan is to visit a maternity ward where he is expected to symbolically welcome a new-born baby as the six billionth person in the world.

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