>> The slaughter of some 300 Muslim men in a 1995 Bosnia conflict is partly the fault of the Dutch government and its peacekeeping forces. That's according to an appeals court in the Netherlands. It ruled that peacekeepers should have known that civilians taking refuge in their compound would be killed by Bosnian Serb troops when forced to leave, those deaths part of the so-called Srebrenica massacre.
Reuters Stephanie van den Berg was at The Hague to hear the decision.>> This is a unique ruling in the fact that usually states are not held liable for whatever they do under UN missions. I think, and legal experts agree, that it will give countries maybe some pause that what they do on UN missions they can be held responsible for.
>> The court says the Netherlands should pay 30% of the damages. The grizzly math derived from the court's estimation that Muslim men stood a 70% chance of being dragged from the peacekeeper base and killed anyway, regardless of what the Dutch did.>> For the victims, they will probably choose to try and settle with the Dutch government in terms of damages.
But for the Dutch government, it might be very important, also with a view to future peace missions, to try and minimize the kind of damage and exposure they get from this. So they might go to the Supreme Court. We'll know that in three months.>> 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slain by Bosnian Serb troops in the incident, the biggest mass killing in Europe since World War II.
Their killer's commander, General Ratko Mladic, on trial for genocide.