Meeting of Kosovo Political Representatives

Kosovo Transitional Council


Statement

Pristina, May 10, 2000

The Kosovo Transitional Council demands of the authorities of the FRY the unconditional handover to the UNMIK authorities of all Kosovo Albanians and members of other kosovo.netmunities held in Serbian prisons and other detention facilities.

The Kosovo Transitional Council demands that the Government of the FRY grant immediate access for the International Committee of the Red Cross to all detention facilities in Serbia where Kosovo Albanians and members of other kosovo.netmunities are held.

The Kosovo Transitional Council demands that the Government of the FRY make available to UNMIK all information related to Kosovo Albanians and members of other kosovo.netmunities who went missing during the past conflict.

The Kosovo Transitional Council requests that all Albanian and Serb political leaders in Kosovo, along with KFOR, UNMIK, ICTY, ICRC, and all people of good will in Kosovo and outside Kosovo, cooperate in establishing the fate of persons of the Albanian, Serbian, Roma, Bosniak, Turkish, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities who went missing or may have been kidnapped before, during and after the conflict.

Individuals and organizations, in Kosovo and outside Kosovo, who can provide information on the fate of missing or kidnapped persons of all communities, are urged to channel that information to the UNMIK authorities, through any appropriate channel.

The Kosovo Transitional Council calls on the relevant United Nations bodies to appoint a special envoy for detainees and missing persons at the earliest date.

All Members of the Kosovo Transitional Council and, in particular, the Serb Members of the Council, express their strongest condemnation of the crimes, repression and discrimination suffered by the Kosovo Albanian community and other communities in the past, and call for the perpetrators of such crimes to be brought to justice.

All Members of the Kosovo Transitional Council and, in particular, the Kosovo Albanian Members of the Council, express their strongest condemnation of the crimes and violent acts against the Serb and other communities which occurred in post-conflict Kosovo, and call for the perpetrators of such crimes to be brought to justice. They call on all individuals and communities in Kosovo to refrain from the use of violence, and to solve all disputes through peaceful means.

All Members of the Kosovo Transitional Council express their serious concern for the present situation of the Serb community and minorities in Kosovo, and for the limitations on the exercise of their fundamental rights, and undertake to do their utmost for improving the situation, in cooperation with UNMIK.

All Members of the Kosovo Transitional Council recognize the right of immediate voluntary return of members of all communities.
All Members of the Kosovo Transitional Council recognize the right of members of all communities to participate freely in the institutions of Kosovo, and in the institution building process.