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MOSCOW, July 10 /TASS/. Russia believes that the Bosnian settlement should continue on the basis of the Dayton Agreements for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and hopes that all persons linked to the mass killings near Srebrenica should face trial as soon as possible, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Friday in connection with the 20th anniversary of the tragic events near Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that took place during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
The tragic events in Srebrenica took place on July 11, 1995. The mass killings in Srebrenica in 1995 were one of the gravest crimes committed during the Bosnian war.
"We assume that all persons linked to those and other brutalities committed in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (during the war) be brought to justice and face deserved punishment as early as possible. We present genuine condolences to the families and relatives of all innocent victims. We realize the depth and pain of their loss," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Russia, which is a guarantor of the Dayton peace agreement and BiH’s active partner in questions of promoting the Bosnian settlement will continue doing everything within its power to consistently strengthen inter-ethnic and inter-confessional peace in this country /Bosnia and Herzegovina/ and elsewhere in the Balkans," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.
"We are convinced that the establishment of mutual understanding among individuals and peoples is the best way to guarantee peace, stability and prosperity in the region," the ministry said.