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BBC News:Russia vetoes UN resolution calling Srebrenica 'genocide'

Russia has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have described the Srebrenica massacre as "genocide".

Four other members of the council abstained while the remainder voted in favour.

The killing of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995 by Bosnian Serb troops was the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two.

The motion had angered Serbia, which rejects the term.

It had been drafted to mark the 20th anniversary of the atrocity, which came amid the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia into independent states.

The resolution said that "acceptance of the tragic events at Srebrenica as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation".

But Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin called it "not constructive, confrontational and politically motivated," Reuters reported.

The vote had been put back a day to allow the US and the UK - which drafted the resolution - to try to persuade Russia not to veto it.

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