The tragedy in Srebrenica must not be repeated, said the head of the German foreign Ministry

Srebrenica must not be repeated, the statement said the foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

In July 1995, after Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the border with Serbia came under the control of Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic were killed or went missing about 8 thousand 100 people from among the Muslims. These data are cited by the international Commission on missing persons (ICMP) and a number of other organizations, but some experts they are considered too high.

"In addition to the memory of the victims, the key to reconciliation in society is the recognition of the criminal responsibility of the perpetrators. We act for it in Germany - also because of our responsibility for our own history," added Maas.

Therefore, according to the Minister, Berlin strongly supported the work of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, expressed satisfaction with his current job. Maas pointed out that in addition to the international criminal jurisdiction is important and the position of countries of the former Yugoslavia, which "are responsible for bringing perpetrators to justice".

"Today our hearts and thoughts are with the victims of the Srebrenica genocide and their relatives. Memory should be a stimulus to consistent promotion by reconciliation and revaluation," said Maas.