KiM Office seeks clarification of fate of missing persons

BELGRADE - On the eve of the International Day of the Disappeared, the Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) called on the competent provincial authorities, and especially the international community, to use all their powers and make maximum effort to resolve the fate of 1,711 persons gone missing in KiM and punish those responsible for crimes committed in that region.

The Office for KiM said in a statement on Friday that it would never allow the crimes to be forgotten and unsolved and their perpetrators unpunished, as only by way of fully addressing and resolving the issue can the chapter of history marked by conflict and suffering be completely closed and a new chapter of reconciliation and confidence building in the region opened.

“We owe it to the families of 532 missing persons of Serbian nationality in Kosovo-Metohija to do everything to provide them with answers and truth about their missing members, including about those assumed to have been victims of organ trafficking,” the statement said.

The Office for KiM expects the Declaration on the Role of the State in Addressing the Issue of Persons Missing as a Consequence of Armed Conflict and Human Rights, signed in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) by the presidents of Serbia, BiH, Croatia and Montenegro today, to be a major contribution and encouragement in stepping up efforts to resolve the fate of missing persons, which some families have been waiting for two decades now.

“Resolving the fate of missing persons, whose number in the region is 11,175, is a precondition for the entire region to make a full turn to the future, reconciliation and cooperation,” the statement said.

Photo Tanjug, S. Ilic (illustration, archive)

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