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26 July 2012 – Secretary-General Ban travelled to Srebrenica where he visit the memorial for the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
In an emotional and historic meeting, the Secretary-General and Mrs. Ban met with mothers of the victims.
“I believe that nothing can replace your emptiness” Ban told the group of Srebenica mothers.
“We have to do all that we can to see that this happens to no one again, and nowhere” he continued. “I only hope that no other generation will see something like this.”
The visit brought to a close a six-day tour to all parts of the former Yugoslavia – Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“This was the first such trip by a United Nations Secretary-General and it was a remarkable journey,” the UN chief said in Sarajevo.