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Former US president Bill Clinton opens memorial to massacred Muslims in Bosnia

The monument is dedicated to the thousands killed in Srebrenica when the city fell to Bosnian Serbs in July 1995

Some 7,000 Muslim boys and men were slaughtered, despite the UN having declared the city a “safe zone”. The mass killing prompted the Clinton administration to lead NATO into bombing Bosnian Serb artillery positions, which ended the conflict. The US then brought together the leaders of the warring parties in Dayton, Ohio, to negotiate a peace deal. The memorial is shaped like flower petals.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 140 October 2003