Serbia president ‘apologises’ for massacre

Serbia’s nationalist President Tomislav Nikolic has personally apologised for the first time for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslims, but stopped short of calling it genocide.

“I kneel and ask for forgiveness for Serbia for the crime committed in Srebrenica,” Nikolic said on Thursday in an interview to be aired on Bosnian national television parts of which have been released on You Tube.

“I apologise for the crimes committed by any individual in the name of our state and our people,” he said in the interview.

Nikolic’s office confirmed to AFP news agency the authenticity of the statement.

Al Jazeera, Qatar

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