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Daily press briefing of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija
Gracanica, August 27, 2000
Namely, according to Brenda Kennedy, the head of the VRIC, there is only one location where exhumations took place. This is most probably correct; however, international representatives certainlyare aware of at least TWO OTHER LOCATIONS where exhumations have either not taken place yet or this was not mentioned in the report given to the SNC. Namely, in addition to the bodies discovered in the Albanian (Muslim) part of the cemetery in Dragodan, approximately twenty meters away there is a tract of land which is not a part of the Albanian cemetery with grave sites with multiple signs with numbers, obviously marking unidentified victims. According to information provided to the SNC, the bodies buried in this tract are EXCLUSIVELY BODIES OF SERBS murdered after the end of the war. There are 24 grave sites on the tract. The SNC source, who wished to remain anonymous, learned from KFOR authorities that for every one of the bodies of murdered Serbs there is certainly photo documentation as the bodies were found in various locations from June of last year onwards and underwent autopsies prior to being buried in Dragodan. From the same source, the SNC learned that the eyes of some of the victims had been gouged out, while others were found with limbs severed from their bodies. It is highly unusual that to date the members of the families of missing Serbs were not duly notified of the existence of this location and that no exhumation and identification of these bodies was done from last summer to the present day even though their existence was known to the international mission. Of course, the key question remains in which locations and under what circumstances were these bodies discovered, and was any investigation at all conducted following these murders.
In addition to this second location, which is located approximately 30 meters from the Mulsim part of the Dragodan cemetery, at the Serbian Orthodox cemetery near the former garrison of the Yugoslav Army there are at least ten, and according to the statements of some perhaps more than 20 individual graves with signs bearing Serb names (written in the Latin alphabet) or the designation indicating the name is unknown. The question poses itself regarding the identity of these victims, who buried them here and when their identification will take place. The very fact that these bodies are buried in the Orthodox cemetery might lead one to conclude that those who buried the bodies here knew that they were Serbs, since a significant number of murdered Serbs, Roma, Bosniacs and Albanians killed by the Albanian extremists of the former KLA has been found by members of KFOR since June of last year.
Viewed as whole, since the secret of the Dragodan cemetery has not been explained and there exist serious reasons to believe that some of the missing and kidnapped Serbs may be buried in these locations, and that KFOR and UNMIK may already have information on this, the SNC will ask that a special team of the council visit these locations and obtain more detailed information regarding the discovered bodies. In cooperation with the Association for Missing and Kidnapping Serbs, an intensive search and contacts with the family members and witnesses who may be able to help in clearing up this mystery continues. What remains certain is that the issue of killed and missing Serbs is being posed as a key issue of importance to the Serb community with increasing frequency. The SNC has the moral obligation to use all its power to shed light on this issue and to bring those responsible to justice.
Part of the Albanin (Muslim) cemetery where exhumation of bodies has been carried out and approximately 40 Albanians have been identified http://www.decani.yunet.com/dragodan5.jpg
A grave site at the Orthodox cemetery in Dragodan bearing the name of Zlatko Milenkovic (according to some theories, the names posted are not correct) http://www.decani.yunet.com/dragodan4.jpg
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