Statement by the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on the attack on Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić

 Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, during the commemoration of the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica, 11 July 2015.

"Today is about the victims of Srebrenica and their families.


I took part in today’s moving ceremony.


I had several meetings with families of the victims.


The deplorable act of violence against Prime Minister Vučić, which I witnessed firsthand, was far removed from the spirit I felt at this dignified and solemn commemoration.


This incident must not detract from what we are to learn from Srebrenica. Genocide must never occur again. And truth and reconciliation are the road to healing and preventing another Srebrenica.   


Now is the time for restraint and honoring the victims and their families."