Thursday, May 13, 2010

Serbia / Kosovo

Mass Grave Of Kosovo Victims Found In Serbia
By Jovana Gec
Associated Press dispatch in The Huffington Post, May 10, 2010
"Acting on tips from witnesses, Serbian war crimes prosecutors have discovered a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of 250 Albanians who were killed in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war there, then transported to Serbia and secretly buried to hide the atrocities, officials said Monday. The burial site -- hidden beneath a small building and a newly built parking lot -- is the fourth mass grave of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo that has been found in Serbia since 2001. Two others were discovered in Kosovo. In each case, most of the bodies were those of civilians, including women and children. The latest discovery is another example of the mass atrocities that were committed during the bloody Serb crackdown on the Kosovo separatists that killed at least 10,000 people and left nearly a million displaced. Hundreds of bodies of slain ethnic Albanians have been exhumed in Serbia and returned to Kosovo since Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic was ousted from power in a popular revolt in 2000.
The previously discovered mass graves in Serbia represented the bulk of genocide charges filed against Milosevic at a UN war crimes tribunal in The Netherlands, where he died of a heart attack during his trial in 2006. Serbia has since tried to deal with its wartime past as it seeks European Union membership, which requires the prosecution of those who committed atrocities during the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s. Milosevic's policies still have strong support among ultranationalists in Serbia. [...]"
[n.b. Thanks to Jo Jones for bringing this source to my attention.]

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