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Serbian leader apologises for Srebrenica

The Serbian President has apologised for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, saying he was on his knees and "asking for a pardon" for Europe's worst atrocity since the end of World War Two.

President Tomislav Nikolic's comments yesterday came a week after Serbia inked a historic deal to normalise ties with Kosovo, and analysts say Belgrade is keen to soften relations with its neighbours as it seeks European Union membership.

While previous Serbian leaders have apologised for Srebrenica, President Nikolic stirred controversy after coming to power last May when he denied that a genocide took place.

The 8,000 men and boys were killed in the summer of 1995. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent