Bosnian Serb wartime army commander and genocide suspect Ratko Mladic to Srebrenica residents on 12 July 1995, a day after his troops captured the town:
"All who wish to go will be transported, large and small, young and old. Don't be afraid, just take it easy. Let the women and children go first ... No one will harm you."
Sadik Selimovic, wounded Bosnian Muslim fighter whose three brothers and father later went missing, recounting what Mladic told him in Srebrenica on 13 July 1995:
"Mladic literally said these words: They would kill all the men and throw them in the Drina river to feed fish, and these men would never again kill Serb children in the Serb Drina valley. But they would let the women go so they can suffer."
International Criminal Tribunal judge Fouad Riad after confirming the Srebrenica indictment of Mladic and Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic on 16 November 1995:
"Thousands of men executed and buried in mass graves, hundreds of men buried alive, men and women mutilated and slaughtered, children killed before their mothers' eyes, a grandfather forced to eat the liver of his own grandson. These are truly scenes from hell, written on the darkest pages of human history."
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 11 July 2000:
"The tragedy of Srebrenica will forever haunt the history of the United Nations."
Bosnian Serb Republic's President Dragan Cavic on 22 June 2004, in the first official recognition of the massacre:
"After all of this, first as a man and a Serb, then as a father, brother and son, and only then as the president of the Serb Republic, I have to say that these nine days of July of the Srebrenica tragedy represent a black page in the history of the Serb people."