Former veterans pay respect to victims in Bosnia

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 9:30 am •  Published: November 17, 2012
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After the fall of the town in July 1995, residents fled to the nearby U.N. base seeking protection from Dutch forces. But when Serb forces led by genocide suspect Ratko Mladic — now on trial before the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague — arrived at the base, the Dutch did not stop the Serb soldiers from separating men and boys out for execution.

The bodies of the victims are still being found in mass graves hidden in the area. The bones are identified through DNA analysis and returned to their families who bury them at this memorial center.

Ljuban Volas, a former Bosnian Serb soldier, said as a human being and as a soldier of the army that committed this crime, he simply "cannot approve it. Whoever did this must be held responsible."

The 1992-95 Bosnian war was the most brutal of the wars that erupted after Yugoslavia fell apart. The fighting between Bosnian Muslims, Serbs and Croats devastated Bosnia and killed over 100,000 people.