Two decades before Aleppo, there was Srebrenica – ‘never again’ the world promised – Rick Nyack. 

Neither the representatives of Russia nor of the United States held back their views: To Russia, the resolution to recognise the killings of thousands of civilians as genocide was “politically motivated.” But for Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Russia’s refusal to accept the resolution was “madness.”

These remarks were not part of a debate about Syria and the killings in Aleppo, however. They made headlines a year ago as the world commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, in which 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serbs, beginning on July 11, 1995.

Russia’s persistent refusal to acknowledge the massacre of Srebrenica as genocide sounded hauntingly familiar to some yesterday, amid news that more than 80 civilians were killed by pro-Assad and Russian-backed forces in Aleppo.

NZ Herald 

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