Thursday, June 30, 2016

Minister: Sending Soldiers to Srebrenica was wrong from Outset

On this year’s Veterans Day Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said that nothing about the original assignment of the UN Dutchbat soldiers going to Srebrenica was evident. This, with one exception: it was clear that there was no mandate for a “genuine protection of the area or of the population. That created an illusion of security.” Hennis mentioned that while other countries refused to send soldiers to Srebrenica, the Netherlands did. She added that Dutchbat was sent there “without adequately being prepared for the specific circumstances, with insufficient means and capacities, a poor information position, all this to maintain peace where there was no peace. The assignment could not be carried out from the outset.”

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