President Thaçi: I pray with pain and sympathy for all victims

Prishtina, 20 July 2016 – President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi today laid a wreath at a memorial dedicated to fourteen Serbian citizens who were killed immediately after the war, seventeen years ago, in the village of Gracke in Lipjan.

President Thaçi said that this criminal act was an act not only against the victims and their families but also an act against freedom and the democratic future of Kosovo.

“I pray today with pain and sadness for all the victims of all communities, during and after the war. Every crime must be brought to light and punished. Crime is crime, whoever it is committed against or whoever committed it", President Thaçi said.

Also, President Thaçi said that once and for all the fate of all missing persons must be brought to light, whether they are Albanian, Serb, Roma or members of any other community.

“We all have a responsibility to work towards this goal. We have responsibility towards their families and for the future of our children. We must help each other in this respect. The pain of every mother for the loss of their loved ones is the same”, President Thaçi said.

President Thaçi said that today, as we are working to build peace, reconciliation and cooperation between the nations of our region, it is important to reiterate that for a sincere reconciliation we need justice.

“As Kosovo, we have achieved a lot since the end of the war, seventeen years ago. We are now building bridges of communication and cooperation. In the near future, this will bring trust and reconciliation between communities”, President Thaçi said.

With justice being served reconciliation will happen, and reconciliation will occur in the near future, because there is a will for this.

“Only reconciliation and cooperation will make Kosovo, and the region, truly European”, President Thaçi concluded.