President Jahjaga promises for unstint commitment to resolve the fate of the missing

The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga received today the members of the Government Committee for Missing Persons and representatives of associations of the missing, who informed the President about the commitments to date to resolve the fate of their missing relatives.

President Jahjaga said he shares the pain with all the families of missing persons and stressed that the consequences of the war in Kosovo have been severe. The president said that the state of Kosovo has done, is doing and must do everything possible to ease the pain of relatives of the families of martyrs and missing persons and recover the damage. She said that this work is being done with an inter-institutional cooperation and stressed that in the future this work should be even more concrete and more efficient.

The president said that the commitment to repair the consequences of war, to ease the pain of the families and improve their lives is the only guarantee for peace and stability in the country. She said that it is necessary to build a memorial or obelisk in honor for all families of missing persons.

The delegation of the Government Committee for Missing Persons and associations of the missing in Kosovo said that nearly 1800 people are still considered missing and demanded commitment of the Kosovo institutions and international organizations to resolve their fate. They requested that pressure must be greater on Serbian authorities to open the archives and to reveal the cemetery locations of the citizens of Kosovo who have disappeared during the Kosovo war. The delegation requested to form groups of experts to collect evidence of the crimes and genocide committed against the population in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war and that their perpetrators be brought to justice. They demanded to accelerate the process of identifying the bodies that are in the morgue of Forensic Medicine for Missing Persons. The delegation also urged the adoption of the law on missing persons and to include the category of missing persons in the social assistance scheme.