Prenke Gjetaj, chairman of the Government’s Commission on missing persons, said that authorities are expected to assess alleged mass grave sites in Mitrovica North and Serbia's territory suspected of containing bodies of those who went missing during Kosovo war in 1998-99.
Gjetaj during an interview with the public broadcaster RTK on Tuesday morning said that new excavations on alleged mass graves are expected to start at the Muslim cemetery in Mitrovica North, Rudnica of Serbia and in Novi Pazar area. “We cooperate with Serbian authorities through international mediators, but there is no willigness from their side to start working on new excavations,” Gjetaj said. He said that Kosovo’s Department of Forensic Medicine has no capacities and the country lacks independent experts therefore excavations of alleged mass graves depends from the experts of the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo – EULEX. Gjetaj also said that authorities are facing many difficulties when it comes to excavation and identification of the victims reminding that around 300 body remains are still not identified. 1658 people are still considered as missing since the end of the war in Kosovo in 1999.