LONDON (AP) — Days before the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, hundreds of Bosnians and Britons attended a memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Monday to remember the more than 8,000 male Muslim victims.
The service was one of dozens of events in Britain this week to mark 20 years since the July 11-13, 1995 massacre — Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II. Bosnian Serbs rounded up men and boys in Srebrenica after taking control of the town, killing most of the victims and buried their bodies in mass graves.
“We must never, ever forget what happened at Srebrenica,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said in tributes before the service. “We must reaffirm our determination to act to prevent genocide in the future.”
The Westminster Abbey service was attended by Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim Bosniak member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency.
Britain has proposed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would call the Srebrenica massacre genocide. Serbia and Russia, a permanent Security Council member with veto power, strongly oppose that description.