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Stays of 450 lacking individuals within the morgue in Pristina

A meeting was held in Gračanica on the topic of “Stalemate in resolving the issue of kidnapped and missing persons”.

“All that remained in the plans that we committed to carry out together, but at this moment we cannot say that we have done anything more in the process of searching for the missing in the last six months. If we take into account what is happening around us , however, each individual case means a lot, and each step forward in this sense brings hope that we can continue,” said a member of the Serbian Government’s Commission for Elucidating the Fate of the Missing and forensic medicine specialist Suzana Matejić.

Matejić said at the meeting that they are not satisfied with the results.

“What I want you to know is that the Republic of Serbia is committed to this problem, through the Commission for Missing Persons, this represents a humanitarian problem. The fact is that we cannot build a new society, the future, we cannot leave a good legacy to our descendants, if we are not intersected with the past”, stated Matejić and added that the process of missing persons is in the joint hands of all of us, “the Albanian community, the International Red Cross, the International Commission for Missing Persons, EULEX”.

She pointed out that the priority is the examination of the morgue in Pristina, where there are around 450 remains.

“The mortuary in Pristina is something that must be investigated, because we don’t know whose remains are there. Our colleagues started that work, what we insisted on is that we have information. Out of those remains, out of about 450 remains, we we have data that 80 belong to Serbs and non-Albanians. We will soon be informed about their work, and that they will present the data to us, and arrive at key answers as to who is in the morgue in Pristina,” Matejić reminded.

Discrimination of Serbian families whose members have been kidnapped or disappeared

Silvana Marinković, coordinator of the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons in Gračanica, pointed out the discrimination against Serbian families whose members have been kidnapped or disappeared, claiming that they live in “great darkness”.

“We, the families of kidnapped and missing people who live in these areas, are discriminated against from all sides, because we do not have the right to freedom of movement, speech. We are in great darkness, so to speak of a tunnel, is there a light at the end of the body, will a solution be found, we don’t know, it remains to be seen,” said Marinković.

The Albanian members of the joint Resource Center for elucidating the fate of the missing in Kosovo did not respond to the invitation to today’s meeting in Gračanica.

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