16 December 2015

The Dutch government has requested the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies to carry out an exploration of the sources and scholarly literature that have become available since the 2002 publication of the NIOD report that described and analyzed the events leading up to, and taking place during and after the fall of Srebrenica in 1995.


The NIOD will also survey which new sources can be made available from foreign governments and international organisations. The exploration will focus on the following two topics that have gotten much publicity:

  •           International political decision-making about supplying air support (air strikes and close air support) to UNPROFOR, which included Dutchbat, preceding and during the fall of the Srebrenica enclave, and, specifically, possible agreements about
    those decisions at the end of May 1995 between France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America;
  •           Advance knowledge by Western intelligent services about the Bosnian-Serb attack on the safe area Srebrenica and the exact goal of the attack.

In its report, the NIOD will outline possible scenarios based on its findings. Based on this report, the Dutch government will make a decision on how to proceed.

NIOD aims to complete this exploratory report by September 2016. The State Secretary of Education, Culture, and Sciences, the Minister of Defence, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have reached an agreement with the NIOD regarding the research assignment.  Final details are still being worked out.

This assignment to the NIOD has risen from the request of the House of Representatives following the publicity about the fall of the Srebrenica enclave last Summer.

For more information please contact Erik Somers via email: e.somers@niod.knaw.nl or by phone: +31 20 52007728.