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Srebrenicans to take UN and Holland cases to ECHR
Srebrenicans to take UN and Holland cases to ECHR

Hagerdorn stated that they would also sue Holland because of giving a judicial immunity to the UN that proves Mother of Srebrenica got a raw deal.

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The association that unites together victims of Srebrenica massacre will take United Nations (UN) and Holland to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) because of believing UN and Holland are responsible for the genocide during the Bosnian War in 1995.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday in Sarajevo, lawyer Axel Hagedorn who is representing relatives of victims of Srebrenica massacre, said that they would take the cases against UN and Holland to the ECHR in November.

Hagerdorn stated that UN was guilty because of its action on Bosnian War. He said that UN could prevent the massacre during the war while it had an opportunity.

"If a massacre took place in front of UN, and if the UN did not protect those people from massacre, victims of massacre are able to sue the UN in an independent court and the court rules whether UN is guilty. However, Mother of Srebrenica are not entitled with this right," said Hagerdorn.

Hagerdorn stated that they would also sue Holland because of giving a judicial immunity to the UN that proves Mother of Srebrenica got a raw deal.

"In 1999, in a written statement UN accepted its great mistakes in Srebrenica, those were not ordinary mistakes. After 17 years of the massacre, nobody came up and took the responsibility from the UN side. Nobody asked that how those mothers could get help. In brief, UN has done nothing until the present time and it denies its
responsibility for the massacre," the lawyer said.

Dutch High Court had ruled on April 13 that the families of men and boys who were killed in the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War could not take the UN to court for failing to protect them.

More than 8,000 Bosnian men were exposed to massacre in Srebrenica during the war in Bosnia, on July 11, 1995.

The war in Bosnia that lasted 3.5 years and continued with the genocide in Srebrenica came to an end in 1995 with the Dayton Peace Agreement. Around 100,000 were killed, 500,000 women were raped by Serbs and 2.5 million people had become refugees. Following the ethnic cleansing, almost no Muslim population was left in the cities of Srebrenica, Foca, Zvornik, Bratunac and Visegrad in the east of country.

 



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Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland
Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he hopes to clinch a reunification deal laying out a new security blueprint for the divided island during a crunch summit in Switzerland this week. Anastasiades will attend United Nations-backed talks at the Alpine Crans-Montana ski resort Wednesday with "complete determination and goodwill... to achieve a desired solution", he said in a statement. He said he hopes to "abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and intervention rights", with a deal providing for the withdrawal of the Turkish army. The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece. Turkey maintains around 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus. The so-called guarantor powers of Turkey, Britain and Greece retain the right to intervene militarily on the island. Greek and Turkish Cypriots are at odds over a new security blueprint, but their leaders are under pressure to reach an elusive peace deal. "I am going to Switzerland to participate in the Cyprus conference, with the sole aim and intent of solving the Cyprus problem," Anastasiades said. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is also set to attend the summit, which is expected to last at least 10 days. Greece, Turkey and Britain will send envoys along with an observer from the European Union. UN-led talks on the island hit a wall in late May after the sides failed to agree terms to advance toward a final summit. Unlocking the security question would allow Anastasiades and Akinci to make unprecedented concessions on core issues. But they have major differences on what a new security blueprint should look like. Anastasiades's internationally recognised government, backed by Athens, seeks an agreement to abolish intervention rights, with Turkish troops withdrawing from the island on a specific timeline. Turkish Cypriots and Ankara argue for some form of intervention rights and a reduced number of troops remaining in the north. Turkish Cypriots want the conference to focus on broader issues of power-sharing, property rights and territory for the creation of a new federation. Much of the progress to date has been based on strong personal rapport between Anastasiades and Akinci, leader of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. But that goodwill has appeared frayed in the build-up to their meeting in Switzerland. The Greek Cypriot presidential election next February has also complicated the landscape, as has the government's search for offshore oil and gas, which Ankara argues should be suspended until the negotiations have reached an outcome.