Belgrade: Serbia`s prime minister on Saturday condemned the "monstrous crime" of Srebrenica, ahead of attending a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the massacre committed by Bosnian Serb forces.
"There are no words to express regret and pain for the victims as well as anger and bitterness towards those who committed that monstrous crime," Aleksandar Vucic said in a public letter published shortly before he was to attend a commemoration ceremony in the eastern Bosnian town.
"Serbia clearly and unambiguously condemns this horrible crime and is disgusted with all those who took part in it and will continue to bring them to justice," he said.
Some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim boys and men were slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces after they captured Srebrenica in July 1995 near the end of Bosnia`s inter-ethnic war. It was the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.
Serbian and Bosnian Serb politicians have long denied the scale of the killing in Srebrenica, although two international tribunals have described the bloodshed as genocide.
Some 50,000 people, as well as dignitaries from across Bosnia and abroad, were expected to be present at Saturday`s ceremony marking two decades since the massacre.
During Bosnia`s 1992-1995 war Serbia politically and militarily backed Bosnian Serbs. The conflict claimed some 100,000 lives.