News 11 Apr 13

EU Finds Corpses of Wartime Missing in Kosovo

The EU rule of law mission in Kosovo has recovered the remains of seven people who have been missing since the conflict with Serbian forces in the late 1990s.

Edona Peci
BIRN
Pristina

The EU rule of law mission, EULEX, said on Wednesday that it had exhumed the remains of seven bodies thought to be those of wartime missing persons and also found a further two parts of skeletons at a Muslim cemetery in northern Mitrovica.

“The victims were exhumed from unmarked graves spread throughout both the upper and lower part of the cemetery. During the operation, an additional four potential burials were pinpointed,” EULEX said in a statement.

“This is the result of several weeks of analysis of a variety of documents dating from the 1998-1999 conflict. EULEX DFM [Department of Forensic Medicine] believes that there could be more unmarked burials at this location and will request further prosecutorial orders for more exhumations in the near future,” the statement said.

More than 1,700 people are still missing 14 years after the end of the conflict.

According to EULEX, so far this year its forensic team has conducted 18 field operations in the Peja/Pec, south Mitrovica, north Mitrovica, Suha Reka/Suva Reka, Prizren, Gjakova/ Djakovica, Klina and Skenderaj/Srbica areas.

Seven of these resulted in exhumations and the remains of 28 individuals were recovered.

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