Netherlands will make secret files available to Srebrenica widow

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A court in the Netherlands on April 24 ordered the Dutch Defense Ministry to grant a widow of one of the 8,000 victims of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica access to confidential files about the events surrounding the slaughter, international media reported the same day.

The report did not provide details of the files requested, but the case could reopen questions and sensitivities about the failure of Dutch peacekeepers to protect Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, which was designated a UN safe area at the time it was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces.

A damning independent Dutch report that concluded that the Dutch government sent its soldiers on "an ill-conceived and virtually impossible peace mission" prompted the resignation of the Dutch cabinet in 2001.

The woman, a Bosnian Muslim married to an engineer with the Dutch battalion, is seeking compensation from the Dutch government, though the report did not provide details of her claim.

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