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King to commemorate Srebrenica Genocide

Rep. Peter King in Bethpage on Thursday, May

Rep. Peter King in Bethpage on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) is making a quick trip this weekend - to Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the presidential delegation to attend the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide.

The delegation, which will be led by former President Bill Clinton, will attend a solemn ceremony for the genocide of more than 7,000 unarmed Muslim men and boys near the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995 by Bosnian Serbs.

King noted the irony of being part of the delegation, given his rocky relationship with American Muslims since 9/11, and particularly since he called hearings in 2011 to hold the Muslim community responsible for policing itself for terrorists.

But, King said, his first trip as a member of Congress in 1983 was to Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Croatia.

And King said, in 1995 he was the only Republican to support Clinton's policies in Bosnia - and 11 years later the sole Republican in the delegation to Bosnia for its first elections in Sept. 2006.

Also in the delegation will be Rep. Eliot Engle (D-Manhattan) and former Clinton Sercretary of Madeleine K. Albright.

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