The Serbian police secured a mass grave site which the head of the country's Missing Persons Commission Veljko Odalovic said on Wednesday might contain the bodies of 15 people missing since the end of the Kosovo conflict.
The bodies are suspected to be the remains of Kosovo's Albanians, according to Pristina.
The news prompted a reaction by the US Foreign Affairs Committee which recalled that only one Serbia’s military official was held responsible for covering up the 1998-1999 war crimes.
They’re still finding bodies buried in Serbia, victims of Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign)November 18, 2020
Over 900 Kosovar Albanian victims have been found to date.https://t.co/MNSegAS75L
Human remains were found in a quarry outside the town of Raska near the Kosovo boundary. Both Serbian and Kosovo forensic experts, officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross, International Commission for Missing Persons, EULEX, the Kosovo working group for the missing.
“Remains with parts of clothing were found yesterday. We stopped the work immediately the following procedure to the next court ruling. The War Crimes Prosecution has completed its work and now the judge has to decide on the pace, measures, who will be preset and we expect that decision in a day or two,” Odalovic told the KoSSev news portal.
Odalovic said that he can’t specify the number of bodies at the mass gravesite. “For now they are unidentified and their identities will be determined by DNA testing,” Odalovic said.
Eliot Engel, a US Congressman and Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said later on Thursday that anyone who committed war crimes should be brought to justice regardless of ethnicity.
In a tweet at his Committee account, Engel suggested changes in the work of the Specialist Court for the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) war crimes.
ANYONE who commits war crimes regardless of ethnicity should be brought to justice. Period.— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign)November 18, 2020
But, justice must not be a prism through which images of only one ethnicity can pass. Right now, it seems that’s happening in Kosovo with the Special Court, and something has to change.
KoSSev recalled that 1,643 people went missing during the Kosovo war.