Kerry honors memory of Srebrenica genocide

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement last week to honor the memory of the lives lost during an act of genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995.

Kerry made the statement on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people in honoring the memory of more than 8,000 people killed during the genocide that occurred 18 years ago. Kerry praised the people attempting to secure justice for the victims and rejected attempts to deny the genocide.

"As we know from history, truth and reconciliation are essential to moving beyond the past towards a better tomorrow," Kerry said. "We applaud those who continue to seek justice for the victims and work to ensure that all citizens have the right to return and to live peacefully in their pre-war homes. We reject efforts to rewrite or manipulate history, deny the genocide, or negate Bosnia and Herzegovina's multiethnic character. We must always challenge falsehood, we must combat it, and we must counter it with truth, wisdom, and compassion."

Kerry said that even as justice is sought, the individuals who remain must promote a legacy of tolerance and mutual understanding for future generations.

"We call upon all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to build bridges between communities and to work together towards full integration into the Euro-Atlantic community," Kerry said.