Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says he is ready to attend ceremonies marking 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre.
Nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war.
Mr Vucic said he was prepared to "bow his head" to the victims.
He described Srebrenica as "hell", but stopped short of calling it genocide, as the UN has done.
But Srebrenica Mayor Camil Durakovic said Mr Vucic's statement was a "provocation". Duakovic told the AFP news agency, "It would have been better if he had said that he did not want to come, because Serbia still neither recognizes what happened in the past, nor the judgements confirming that a genocide took place in Srebrenica." The prime minister is closely associated with Serbia's nationalist past, and the move is seen as an attempt to improve ties with Bosnia.
Serbia is currently bidding for European Union membership.
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