The European Union said late on Wednesday that the crimes committed in the Kosovo Racak village in 1999, where the Belgarde forces killed 45 Albanians were well documented and that its “denial and revision are in contrast with the EU values and the Western Balkans’ integration with the bloc.”
A Union statement on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the event called ‘Racak massacre’ seemingly referred to Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic’s words from last December that the crime in Racak “was fabricated.”
“It’s up to courts to rule if some statements are a crime. A sentence must be proportional, and all elements are taken into account,” an EU spokesperson said in the statement.
He added that the region needed reconciliation, stability and normalisation of relations
The killing of 45 Albanians in Racak caused disputes since the then US official in Kosovo called it a massacre, while the Serb forces said they did kill them, but in a battle, adding they were terrorists and that after the shooting was over and Serb forces left the site, other Albanians took the bodies and arranged them to look like executed.
Serbia’s chief police officers who led the operation in Racak was later decorated by the US for a successful action in southern Serbia but then suspected of the Racak killing.
The ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the US – the so-called Quinta states - issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying the Racak massacre led to the NATO bombing of former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (then comprising of Serbia and Montenegro) to stop what it said was Belgarde’s oppression of Kosovo’s Albanians and prevent the humanitarian catastrophe.