From: Die Morina van Uijtregt
Serbia’s Albanian MP Requires Erecting a Memorial Center in Batajnica

The Albanian Parliament Member of Serbia, Shaip Kamberi called on citizens to sign a petition to erect a Memorial Center in Batajnica, a neighbourhood in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

The remains of 744 Kosovo Albanian men, women and children were found buried on Serbian Interior Ministry land in Batajnica, after being killed and transported from Kosovo during the war in 1999.

“In order to hide the traces and escape from justice, after the monstrous murder the bodies of victims were transported over 400 km from the crime scene by the commanders and executors who were also state officials of the Republic of Serbia,” Kamberi wrote on Facebook.

“This space, where the mass graves are, is still used today by the members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia,” he added.

This petition was launched by the Humanitarian Law Center in 2015. In 2017, HLC published the Dossier “The cover-up of evidence of crimes during the war in Kosovo: Concealment of Bodies Operation” showing how the operation of concealing the bodies of Albanians killed during the war in Kosovo in 1999 was planned and executed, and which civilian, military and police institutions were involved in it.

Kamberi’s call comes at the time when excavations are taking place in another mass grave in the Serbian town of Kizevak.

Excavation in this location started in 2015 by both Kosovo and Serbian teams, but they were intensified in the last weeks after mortal remains were confirmed on November 16.

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) explained that the identification of the exact location where the human remains were found in Serbia, was possible through aerial images from 1999.

Over 1600 people are still listed as missing since the end of the war in Kosovo in 1999.