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Muslims in Bosnia send images of genocide victims to Serb politicians

SARAJEVO--Muslim victims of Bosnia's war sent postcards showing corpses taken from a mass grave to 5,000 Serb politicians on Monday, ahead of the anniversary of the creation of a separate Bosnian Serb-run political entity.

The gruesome images showed corpses exhumed last year from a mass grave uncovered in northeastern Bosnia containing hundreds of bodies believed to be those of Muslims and Croats tortured and killed by Bosnian Serb forces at the beginning of the 1992-1995 war.

The cards were sent by associations representing Muslim victims in an effort to deter Serb politicians from celebrating the upcoming anniversary.

The Serb-run political entity was created on Jan. 9, 1992 on the eve of the bloody war that claimed some 100,000 lives in Bosnia.

The Dayton agreement that ended the war in late 1995 left Bosnia divided into two semi-independent entities, the Republika Srpska and Muslim-Croat Federation, linked by a loose central government.

Bosnian Muslims seek the abolition of the Republika Srpska and a stronger central state.

Kada Hotic of the Mothers of Srebrenica association, said the Republika Srpska "lies on foundations of our sons' blood."

The 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces was qualified as genocide by the international justice, but has been persistently downplayed by Bosnian Serb politicians.

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