FOR Serbia, the issue of missing persons is a highly humanitarian issue, not a political one, while the politicians in Pristina are “full of mouths” on the subject, and when something concrete needs to be done and Belgrade’s demands are met to investigate locations where there are well-founded suspicions that they are hiding mortal remains of Serbs, in Pristina is a complete secret, said the director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Petar Petković.
When asked to comment on the fact that Prishtina is planning to insert the wording “enforced disappearances” in the Agreement on the Missing Persons and thus directly accuse Serbia of crimes, Petković said that the term “enforced disappearances” is absolutely unacceptable and that Prishtina wants to block agreements and negotiations with that term. about the missing.
At a press conference in the Government of Serbia, Petković said that all the initiative to reach an agreement on the missing with Pristina comes from Belgrade.
– We initiated the topic, we initiated the text of the agreement and investigated all 23 locations for which Pristina submitted a request and thus showed that the issue of missing persons is a highly humanitarian issue for us, not a political one – said Petković.
He stated that the text of the agreement was reached before Aljbin Kurti unilaterally made the decision to cancel Serbian license plates and identity cards.
– We came to the text of the agreement that was acceptable to us because we have no problem with that topic, and then when that text was already acceptable to the European Union and all participants in the process of finding missing persons, Priština came up with a new wording where it wanted to insert in addition to the term missing person, there is also enforced disappearance – said Petković.
He pointed out that Prishtina, thinking that we do not know conventions and international law, wanted to exert pressure in order not to later use that document for perhaps allegedly some kind of new processes against Belgrade.
– Because precisely that wording, enforced disappearance, is a legal category that is clearly defined in the special UN convention on protection against enforced disappearance, where the responsibility of the state and state authorities for enforced disappearance is exclusively stated – said Petković.
As he added, they thought they would “trick” us into agreeing to such a document so that Belgrade would allegedly be blamed for all the missing people in the area of Kosovo and Metohija, including Serbs.
– And where is the KLA? What is happening with that terrorist organization that is most responsible for the disappearance, killing of many? – asked Petković and added that this violates the Special Court in The Hague, considering that the highest leaders of the KLA are being tried in The Hague today for war crimes.
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