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Srebrenica grave exhumed at former UN base

Several Bosnian Muslims are believed to have been buried at the site 17 years ago.

A Bosnian Muslim woman by her relative's graveside at the Potocari memorial, near the former UN base site.
A Bosnian Muslim woman by her relative's graveside at the Potocari memorial, near the former UN base site.
Image: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic/PA

FORENSIC EXPERTS today opened a grave on the site of the former UN base in Srebrenica, believed to contain the remains of six Bosnian Muslims buried there in 1995 by Dutch UN peacekeepers.

“So far we found the remains of a woman,” the head of Bosnia’s missing people institute, Amor Masovic, was quoted by FENA news agency.

Masovic said the details on the location had been provided by a former Dutch soldier who had attended the burial.

The soldiers of the Dutch battalion reportedly buried six people, among them a newborn baby, who had died from natural causes in July 1995.

Their grave, discovered in late July, is located next to the Potocari memorial centre where more than 6,500 victims of the 1995 massacre are buried.

Bosnian Serbs captured the eastern Bosnian town after they brushed aside lightly armed Dutch peacekeepers in a so-called UN “safe area”.

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In the days after Srebrenica’s fall they summarily executed nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves in Europe’s worst massacre since World War II.

Ban Ki-moon became the first UN Secretary-General to visit the scene when he went to Potocari last month.

- (c) AFP, 2012

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