8,000 men and boys were murdered by the Serb troops. The mass graves are still being dug up.
The UN did what it usually does - disclaimed responsibility. Oddly enough whenever there is a successful operation (well, no, now that you mention it, I can't think of one either) the UN claims credit; when there is a complete mess that results in thousands of deaths and other catastrophic events, the UN piously announces that it cannot do anything as it is merely the sum of its members.
So it was with Srebrenice. The Dutch were blamed and, to be fair, they shouldered the blame.
However, the situation may change if a court decision sought by families of those killed goes through.
The families are seeking compensation after Serb forces killed more than 8,000 men and boys around the UN-declared safe zone of Srebrenica in one week in July 1995.The BBC also reports on the case and says that judgement will be given on July 10. Should UN responsibility be acknowledged - an unlikely outcome, one must admit - it might open the gates to other legal cases.
Dutch UN peacekeepers were overwhelmed by the Serbs' superior force and even assisted in separating women and children as the victims were led away from their custody.
Lawyers for the Dutch government told the Hague district court that the UN is immune from prosecution in national courts.
But lawyers for the families said on Wednesday there was nowhere else to turn for a fair hearing of grievances.