Dutch Government Intends to Resign

THE HAGUE, Netherlands?The Dutch government announced its resignation Tuesday, bending to pressure after a report blamed political leaders in part for failing to prevent the Serb massacre of Muslims during the 1995 fall of the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Wim Kok, who also headed the government in 1995, when Bosnian Serb forces stormed past Dutch peacekeepers and overran the U.N.-declared “safe zone,” killing some 7,500 Muslims.

The government commissioned report harshly criticized the government for sending soldiers into a danger zone without a proper mandate or the weapons needed to defend about 30,000 refugees seeking protection.

The Dutch military was in charge of peacekeeping operations when Serb forces attacked Srebrenica, driving out or killing its Muslim residents at the end of 1992 1995 Bosnia war.