News 29 Jul 14

Serbia Welcomes EU’s Kosovo Crimes Report

The Serbian government welcomed an EU task force announcement about indictments for alleged Kosovo Liberation Army crimes against Serbs, but said justice will only be done when perpetrators are convicted.

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Marko Djuric. Photo by BETA.

“We can only be happy at the moment when we have final verdicts which will bring the perpetrators responsible for the crimes to justice,” Marko Djuric, the head of the Serbian government office for Kosovo, said on Tuesday.

Djuric hailed the report issued earlier in the day by Clint Williamson, the chief prosecutor of the EU’s Special Investigative Task Force, which said that unnamed “senior officials of the former Kosovo Liberation Army” will face indictments for crimes against humanity including abductions and murders committed after the 1999 conflict.

Serbia welcomes “every activity that leads to the revelation of monstrous crimes which, according to Williamson, lead to senior KLA officials”, Djuric said.

“Too much time has passed, and there is still no justice for victims… However, there is no statute of limitation on war crimes and we think only the prosecution of all perpetrators can bring reconciliation,” he added.

Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said meanwhile that the EU task force report was “bringing satisfaction to victims” and “greatly contributing to international justice”.

The Kosovo government has reacted to the report by saying that it was “an important step in determining the potential responsibilities of individuals and putting an end to unfounded allegations and accusations”.

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