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Tuesday, August 10, 1999 Published at 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK


World: Europe

Srebrenica grave reveals secrets

Bodies unearthed at Cerska, near Srebrenica

Forensic experts from the International War Crimes Tribunal in Bosnia have exhumed 250 bodies from a mass grave in the town of Srebrenica.

This latest discovery, believed to be an execution site, brings the total number of corpses recovered from the area to almost 2,000.

In 1995, Serb forces besieged the Bosnian Muslim town in the east of the country. It became the scene one of the worst known massacre of Bosnian Muslims by Serb forces during the war.


[ image: Radovan Karadzic: Wanted by the tribunal]
Radovan Karadzic: Wanted by the tribunal
UN spokeswoman Kelly Moore said the discovery last weekend completed a month-long exhumation at the site.

She said: "Although the grave was badly disturbed, the remains of approximately 250 persons were found, some with their hands tied behind their backs, along with clothing and other personal effects."

An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo said that, based on the claims of families, 7,414 people were still missing from Srebrenica. That figure includes remains which have been exhumed but not yet identified.

'Safe haven'

She said that after four years, the process of reconstructing what happened at Srebrenica was drawing to a close and repeated the tribunal's call to the Bosnian Serb republic to hand over the principal suspects, Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic for trial.

Srebrenica was officially declared a "safe haven" by the UN but Serbs managed to take control of the town.

The fall of Srebrenica has been described as the biggest massacre in Europe since the Second World War.



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