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Netherlands Apologizes to Victims of Srebrenica Massacre

A woman walks by the memorial wall containing the names of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at the Srebrenica memorial in Potocari, near Eastern-Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

A woman walks by the memorial wall containing the names of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at the Srebrenica memorial in Potocari, near Eastern-Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

Photographer: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands apologized to the relatives of victims of the Srebrenica massacre for the government’s lack of response to Europe’s worst mass murder since the Holocaust.

“The international community failed to offer adequate protection to the people of Srebrenica and as part of that community, the Dutch government shares political responsibility for the situation in which that failure occurred,” said Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren at a commemoration speech in the Bosnian village of Potocari. “For this we offer our deepest apologies.”