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STATE OF MISSOURI: SREBRENICA GENOCIDE RESOLUTION

July 6, 2009
Missouri House of Representatives

Resolution

Whereas, the Association of Survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide in St. Louis, Missouri, will commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the fall of Srebrenica on July 9, 2005, at the History Museum in Forest Park; and

Whereas, in July 1995, the Serbian Nationalist Military attacked the United Nations “safe area” of Srebrenica and killed 8000 men and boys, making it the worst act of genocide in Europe since World War II; and

Whereas, the 1995 massacre of thousands of men and boys in the city of Srebrenica, in Eastern Bosnia, was the culminating event in the Bosnian war which began in the spring of 1992 after Bosnia acquired independence from the former Yugoslavia; and

Whereas, the Bosnian Serbs began a broad push to expel Muslims from the North and East in an effort to create an ethnically pure Bosnian Serb state and thousands of Muslims in the East fled into enclaves, including Srebrenica; and

Whereas, today, St. Louis is the largest home to Srebrenica survivors in the world who live among 50,000 Bosnian refugees; and

Whereas, the Association of Survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide gathers in remembrance with communities of Srebrenica survivors throughout the United States and Europe in calling for information about those missing from the fall of Srebrenica, the prosecution of indicted war criminals, and help for refugee survivors.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Ninety-third General Assembly, join the Association of Survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide as it commemorates the Tenth Anniversary of the war and genocide in Bosnia; and

Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for the Association of Survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide.

Offered by ________________
Representative Yaphett El-Amin
District No. 57

I, Rod Jetton, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ninety-third General Assembly, First Regular Session, do certify that the above is a true and correct copy of House Resolution No. 3934, adopted July 6, 2005.

Signed
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Rod Jetton, Speaker

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