In an interview broadcast by national television in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić apologised for the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

“It was a horrible crime perpetrated by members of my people. And I want them all to be punished," declared the head of state, who sparked controversy in 2012, when he claimed that there had been no genocide in Srebrenica.

Approximately 8,000 men in the Muslim enclave, which had been placed under UN protection, were killed by Bosnian-Serb forces — a massacre that has been recognised as genocide by the United Nations.