Date : 11.07.2018
Source : Anadolu Agency
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Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul on Wednesday expressed solidarity with the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

Marking the 23rd anniversary of the genocide, Gul, who was leading a delegation of deputies, took part in the funeral service for 35 newly identified victims of the genocide.

The memorial center -- just northwest of Srebrenica -- is the focal point of remembrance for friends and relatives of the more than 8,000 people, mostly men and boys, murdered by Bosnian Serb militias.

"Although 23 years have passed since the genocide, the wounds are still fresh. Those who committed the genocide, those who stayed silent and those who turned their backs 23 years ago are being judged by history and humanity," said Gul.

He said that they participated in the ceremony on behalf of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and Republic of Turkey to express solidarity with the relatives of the martyrs.

Hakan Cavusoglu, a lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling party, also expressed solidarity with the victims of the genocide.

"I guess the pain will never end. Srebrenica faced a great deal of cruelty, brutality and genocide," said Cavusoglu.

Cavusoglu said that there would not have been any genocide in Syria, Palestine and Myanmar if the world had not acted as a spectator on Srebrenica genocide.

After this year’s funeral the number of burials in the cemetery rose to 6,610.

Vesid Ibric, only 16 when he was killed, will be the youngest victim to be buried this year. Sahin Halilovic, the oldest, was 71.

Remzija Dudic, who was brutally murdered by Serbian troops despite being 6 months pregnant, will also be laid to rest.

- Failure of 'safe area'

More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces attacked the UN "safe area" of Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the presence of Dutch troops tasked with acting as international peacekeepers.