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Hague hails Bosnia's anti-rape military training plans

William Hague has hailed Bosnia's decision to include prevention of sexual violence in military training.

Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses the conference in Bosnia's Sarajevo. Credit: RTV

The Foreign Secretary told a conference in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo that rape is a "cheap" and "devastatingly effective way to terrorise and displace a population".

Jolie calls Bosnia's anti-rape military training 'inspiring'

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie called Bosnia's decision to include prevention of sexual violence in military training "inspiring" and "groundbreaking".

Speaking at a conference in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the UNHCR goodwill ambassador said the issue of war zone rape "has been a taboo subject in all countries".

UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during a conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic

"You are helping to break down those taboos and [are] redefining soldiering in the 21st Century," she told the audience.

"There can be no peace in conflict or post-conflict zones while women are raped with impunity," the actress added.

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Jolie and Hague meet Bosnia's presidency in Sarajevo

Actress Angelina Jolie, in her role as UNHCR goodwill ambassador, and Foreign Secretary William Hague met Bosnia's presidency to discuss the prevention of sexual violence in conflict.

Angelina Jolie waves to the crowds with Foreign Secretary William Hague in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie sits for a meeting in Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic
Angelina Jolie with the chairman of the Bosnian presidency Bakir Izetbegovic and William Hague. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic

Hague: 'Real fear' Homs could become next Srebrenica

The city of Homs in Syria has the potential to see a massacre like the one in Srebrenica in 1995 the Foreign Secretary has warned.

William Hague said that while it was a welcome move that women and children were being allowed to leave the area he said: "I think there should be a real fear." Adding that there was a question over "what will happen to the men and the boys that are left?"

The war in Bosnia saw Europe's worst mass killing since the Holocaust as around 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by the Bosnian Serb forces.

150 bodies found in mass grave in northern Bosnia

More than 150 bodies have been recovered from a mass grave found in Tomasica near Prijedor in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, more than 20 years after the war which claimed the lives of more than 11,500 people.

Tomasica is in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Credit: Google Maps

The latest mass grave to be uncovered was believed to have contained 1,000 bodies when it was originally dug in the summer of 1992, but it is thought some may have been moved to another mass burial site and it will take months of digging to establish how many bodies remain at Tomasica.

It will take months to find all the bodies in the mass grave. Credit: ITV News

The war in Bosnia saw Europe's worst mass killing since the Holocaust during World War Two as around 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by the Bosnian Serb forces, many died in detention camps.

The conflict also saw the longest siege in modern history. The Serb siege of Sarajevo went on for 44 months - 11,825 days - longer than the World War II siege of Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Russia.

Woman's search for bodies of husband and brother

As forensic teams continue to uncover bodies in a mass grave in northern Bosnia, one woman has said that she is still waiting for the bodies of her brother and husband.

Nasiha Klipic told ITV News: "I have come to this cemetery for many years and I see each and every one of these buried people as my brothers – as my family.

"But I would feel a lot better if my brother and my husband finally found their final resting place here."

However, she said that even if the bodies of her relatives were found she would not rest until all those responsible were held to account.

"It would not be the end for me, the end for me would be when all the war criminals are arrested.

"I will not stop until the day I die and I raise my children not to stop until the day they die, until all the war criminals are arrested. Nothing less than that would be the end for me."

It is hoped further evidence found at the huge grave site could help the trials of Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, who are currently facing charged at The Hague.

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Mass grave could provide evidence for Hague trials

The discovery of a mass grave in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina has brought hope that more evidence could be found for the trial of Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic who are facing trials at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

Eldar Jahic from the prosecutor's office has told ITV News that teams from The Hague have already visited the site.

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