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CONGRESSMAN RUSS CARNAHAN ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF ZEPA

August 3, 2009
THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF ZEPA
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HON. RUSS CARNAHAN
of Missouri
in the House of Representatives

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mr. CARNAHAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the anniversary of the fall of Zepa during the war in Bosnia in 1995. Just a few weeks ago, I attended the Srebrenica genocide remembrance ceremony in Bosnia and Herzegovina to commemorate the thousands of innocent lives lost during the war. It is important to remember these innocent people who lost their lives as Bosnians move forward.

This siege on Srebrenica, however, was not an isolated event. On July 25, 1995, Zepa, another U.N.-declared safe haven, also fell to the same forces that took Srebrenica just weeks earlier. The thousands of inhabitants and refugees in Zepa were forced to suffer, and die through a constant downpour of shellfire.

In addition to the vast numbers who perished due to the barrage of fire and starvation, an unknown number were taken away never to be seen again, including the Colonel of the Bosnia and Herzegovina army, Avdo Palic, who negotiated the evacuation of approximately 5,000 civilians.

Today, a little more than 14 years after the fall of Zepa, I urge us all to remember not only the fall of Zepa, but also the destruction of the other towns of Srebrenica, Zepa, Sarajevo, Gorazde, Bihac, Tuzla, Prijedor, Bjeljina, Visegrad, Foca, and Kozarac, and many others, all of which experienced significant loss. We must remind ourselves of the innocent lives that were lost, and honor their memory.

Madam Speaker, while we cannot erase the pain of these losses, let us support the efforts of the families of the missing to learn the fate of their loved ones, and let us support the justice that is necessary for the building of a stable, prosperous, and unified Bosnia and Herzegovina.

[Congressional Record: July 27, 2009 (Extensions)]
[Page E2020-E2021]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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  1. owen
    August 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Article from BIRN (5 August 2009):

    http://www.bim.ba/en/178/10/21499/

    Avdo Palic's body was exhumed from the Vragolovi mass grave in Rogatica Municipality in November 2001.

    In November 2008 ICMP undertook a full technical review of all DNA samples. Using a new DNA extraction method for processing the Vragolovi 6 samples they generated additional genetic data which enabled them to find the matches.

    However they haven't explained why they didn't say anything about the discovery of matching data in 2008.

    At the end of the article there's a comment from Esma Palic.

  2. owen
  3. SHAINA
    August 6, 2009 at 2:28 am

    The remains of missing Zepa commander, Avdo Palic, have apparently been identified: http://www.ohr.int/ohr-dept/presso/pressr/default.asp?content_id=43793

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