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Russia refused massacre of 8000 Muslims during Bosnia war, Vetoed UN resolution

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(New York-AlummahWorld, Ramadan 22, 1436, July 09, 2015) Russia on Wednesday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have labeled as genocide the 1995 massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica by ethnic Serbs.

The resolution, drafted by Britain and sponsored by several countries including the United States, received 10 votes in favour, while four countries, including China, Russia's traditional ally on the council,abstained. 
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin quoted by several media on Wednesday as saying that the UK-drafted text "not constructive, confrontational and politically-motivated," arguing that it unfairly singled out Bosnian Serbs for war crimes.


"The draft that we have in front of us will not help peace in the Balkans but rather doom this region to tension," Churkin told the council meeting that began with a minute of silence to remember the victims.

Many analysts in the Muslim World regarded Russian veto as a move seeking to curtail the truth regarding massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica by ethnic Serb who enjoys Russian support. China which is facing international criticism for limiting religious freedom of Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China.

 

The Security Council put the resolution to a vote on Wednesday, despite appeals from Russia and China not to because of divisions in the UN's most powerful body. 
The vote condemning the mass killing 20 years ago as an act of genocide was 10-1, with four abstentions - Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela.

The UK was hope full that the Security Council would formally recognise Europe's worst atrocity since World War II as an act of genocide for the first time, and condemning genocide denial.

 

"Genocide occurred at Srebrenica, this is a legal fact, not a political judgment. On this there is no compromise," British Deputy Ambassador Peter Wilson said. He accused Russia by saying that they are siding with those who are unwilling to accept the facts today.

Muslims in Sarajevo harshly criticized Russian veto and called it Moscow support to criminals of war.

 

Srebrenica was supposed to be a UN protected site when massacre of about 800 Muslim men and children were brutally slaughtered by the Bosnian Serbs during war in 1995. 
Bosnian Serb forces commanded by General Ratko Mladic overran the UN safe haven of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995 in what was to become one of the darkest chapters of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.