1 April 2010 /TODAY’S ZAMAN
The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday welcoming Serbia’s apology for the 1993 Srebrenica massacre, while noting that the move was long overdue.
“Turkey considers the declaration adopted last night by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia condemning the grave crime in Srebrenica as an important step for reconciliation between the peoples of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the long overdue condolences and apology to the families of victims,” the statement read. The ministry also stressed the significance of leadership on both sides for normalization of relations between the two countries. The declaration was passed with a slim majority in Serbia’s parliament on Tuesday and drew the ire of nationalists in the country, though it fell short of recognizing the atrocities committed as genocide.