US envoy to Serbia: Solve past problems, focus on future

US envoy to Serbia: Solve past problems, focus on future

US envoy to Serbia: Solve past problems,  focus on future Izvor: TANJUG/ ANDRIJA VUKELIC

Antony Godfrey, the US ambassador to Serbia said on Friday he hoped that those responsible for setting his country's embassy in Belgrade ablaze in 2008, and those involved in the murder of the three Albanian-American brothers Bytyqi in 1999, would be brought to justice, but that the most of energy should focus on the future, the FoNet news agency reported.

"I have an open dialogue with Serbia's ministers about those two cases," Godfrey said after signing an agreement on US additional aid to Serbia worth over 20 million Dollars for empowering the institutions and the rule of law.

Jadranka Joksimovic, the European Integration Minister, who signed the agreement on behalf of Serbia's Government, said that "regarding the two cases, the Government was cooperative."

She added that "every ongoing process will have its epilogue."

"The respective institutions will do their job. There is a constant open dialogue, and the US recognises it," Joksimovic said.  

During the protest over Kosovo's declaration of independence, a crowd set the US embassy on fire which claimed a life of a young protester. They also damaged a few other diplomatic premises. The police reacted mildly and late.

Serbia's forces are accused of the 1999 killing of three Albanian-American brothers Bytyqi in Kosovo who were first captured while, as was officially said, illegally crossing the border to join the Kosovo Liberation Army during NATO air campaign to drive out Belgrade army and police from the then Serbia's province and prevent what it said was a looming humanitarian catastrophe due to the oppression of ethnic Albanians there.

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