Serbian police minister denies Kosovo massacre that launched NATO campaign

NEWS 10.12.2021 11:22
Source: MUP

Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Aleksandar Vulin denied the massacre that caused the 1999 NATO air campaign during a visit to the set of a movie about the events leading up to the war in Kosovo.

The Racak massacre was the reason cited by the US and NATO to launch air strikes against FR Yugoslavia. Western governments relied on claims by OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission chief William Walker that Serbian security forces killed a number of ethnic Albanian civilians in the village of Racak while the Serbian authorities under President Slobodan Milosevic claimed that the dead were killed in an exchange of fire between Albanian rebels (the Kosovo Liberation Army) and Serbian forces.

“The NATO aggression began after the horrible lie about Racak. We were not capable or clever enough at the time to show the world that it was a lie. The mission of this generation is to show that world that they bombed us and made us out to be criminal thanks to lies and that the blood of our children is on the hands of the people who invented the lie,” Vulin is quoted as saying in a ministry press release.

Vulin is also quoted as saying that the author of the documentary series on the events in Racak Sladjana Zaric showed that the truth about the Serbian people and about Racak can be shown in a documented and studious manner. “Racak is a huge lie, a terrible forgery, a great insult to all humanity and for everyone who uttered the lie but Racak is also our opportunity to show how we have been unjustly destroyed, killed as a people, how much we have been punished for the sins of others and how we accepted other people’s lies as our truth,” the minister said.

“I am proud to be part of a government headed by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic who proved from the start, when he took responsibility in managing Serbia, that the truth will be told no matter what the cost,” Vulin said, adding that “the Serbs will never allow others to write their history again… or let others invent the truth about us”.

The six-part documentary series Dossier Kosovo about events between 1998 and 2001 is co-produced by the Serbian state TV (RTS) and the Internal Affairs Ministry (MUP).