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Bosnians Angry That Leaders Responsible for 1995 Massacre Remain at Large


Bosnian Muslim woman cries by the coffins of 613 people killed by advancing Serb forces in 1995 and recently discovered in Bosnia's mass graves in Potocari
Emotions are still raw among Bosnians.

They blame the western powers for the failure to apprehend General Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadjic. Both men are believed to have escaped capture during the past decade because they have been protected by Serbs in Bosnia or neighboring Serbia and Montenegro.

There is also anger that many Serbs' deny responsibility for what happened in 1995 at the supposed U.N. safe haven of Srebrenica, where Muslim men and boys were separated from women and then led away to be murdered. Bodies dumped in mass graves are still being identified and many are being reburied Monday in Srebrenica.

Zineta Mujic is the president of the association of the mothers of Srebrenica. Clad in a grey floor-length robe, her head covered, Ms. Mujic is furious that Serbian president Boris Tadic is attending Monday's memorial service in Srebrenica.

Ms. Mujic is hopeful that the Bosnian-Serb Republic that controls half the territory of Bosnia and was legitimized by the Dayton peace accord that ended the war, will soon collapse.

At a conference in Sarajevo organized by Green parties in western Europe, several speakers Sunday blamed the Dayton accord for creating a Bosnian state that is unable to function as a single unit. Ethnic discord between Muslims, Croats and Serbs in Bosnia remains.

Bosnian parliament member Selim Beslagic, a former mayor of Tuzla, not far from Srebrenica, says the Dayton accord with its acceptance of a partitioned state in Bosnia-Herzegovina is outdated.

Mr. Beslagic compares Dayton to a perishable food package with an expiration date. He says the accord, which ended the war shortly after Srebrenica and created the dual state with a Serb entity as well as a federation of Muslims and Croats, should be replaced.

The U.N. special envoy to the Balkans in the early 1990s, Jose Maria Mendiluce, was a party to the negotiation in Srebrenica just before the atrocity. He agrees the Dayton agreement has outlived its usefullness.

Mr. Mendiluce also says Dayton ended the war and brought NATO and European peacekeeping troops to Bosnia too late.

"It arrived 300,000 deaths too late, 40,000 missing people too late, two million displaced and refugees too late, and tons and tons of hatred too late," he described.

Among newspaper columnists and opinion makers in Bosnia there is an insistence that Serbia admit that there was genocide at Srebrenica and that it is responsible. The Serbian president and the Bosnian-Serb president have admitted that terrible things occurred at Srebrenica, but they have stopped short of endorsing the conclusion of the Hague war crimes tribunal that the massacre was genocide.

Meanwhile, many Sebs deny the Srebrenica killings took place.

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