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President of UN war crimes tribunal visits potentially largest mass grave in Bosnia

  • President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron addresses journalists during a visit to the mass grave Tomasica, near the Bosnian town of Prijedor, 260 km north west of Sarajevo, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. So far the remains of more than 400 victims of Serb ethnic killings around the town of Prijedor have been excavated since the grave was found in September. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)

    President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron addresses journalists during a visit to the mass grave Tomasica, near the Bosnian town of Prijedor, 260 km north west of Sarajevo, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. So far the remains of more than 400 victims of Serb ethnic killings around the town of Prijedor have been excavated since the grave was found in September. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)  (The Associated Press)

  • President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron visits the mass grave Tomasica, near the Bosnian town of Prijedor, 260 km north west of Sarajevo, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. So far the remains of more than 400 victims of Serb ethnic killings around the town of Prijedor have been excavated since the grave was found in September. ( AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)

    President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron visits the mass grave Tomasica, near the Bosnian town of Prijedor, 260 km north west of Sarajevo, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. So far the remains of more than 400 victims of Serb ethnic killings around the town of Prijedor have been excavated since the grave was found in September. ( AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)  (The Associated Press)

  • President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron addresses journalists during a visit to the mass grave Tomasica, near the Bosnian town of Prijedor, 260 km north west of Sarajevo, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. So far the remains of more than 400 victims of Serb ethnic killings around the town of Prijedor have been excavated since the grave was found in September. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)

    President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron addresses journalists during a visit to the mass grave Tomasica, near the Bosnian town of Prijedor, 260 km north west of Sarajevo, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. So far the remains of more than 400 victims of Serb ethnic killings around the town of Prijedor have been excavated since the grave was found in September. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)  (The Associated Press)

The president of the U.N. war crimes trial for the former Yugoslavia says seeing what could be Bosnia's largest mass grave was like standing "face to face with horror."

Theodor Meron said Monday during his visit to the Tomasica grave near the northwestern town of Prijedor that he hopes the perpetrators will face justice and that his tribunal will offer consolation to survivors and victims' families.

The remains of 430 victims of Serb ethnic killings during the region's 1990s war have been excavated since the grave was found in September. Experts say they expect to remove hundreds more.

Many of the ethnic Bosniak and Croat victims were killed in one of three concentration camps set up nearby by Serb authorities. The remains will be identified through DNA analysis.