Balkan war veterans from opposite sides pay respect to Bosnia's Srebrenica massacre victims

Veterans from opposite sides of the brutal Balkan wars of the 1990s have paid their respects to the victims of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

The small group of former fighters from Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia laid flowers Saturday at the memorial dedicated to over 8,000 Muslim Bosnian men and boys who were executed in 1995 by Serb forces in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

The visit was organized by the Centre for Nonviolent Action, a non-governmental organization that promotes nonviolence and dialogue and encourages former foes to constructively deal with their past.

For most, this was the first time they had faced the magnitude of the crimes committed by their own forces. Participants said the visit left them "shocked" and "speechless."