Investigations are set to begin into a possible mass grave site in south Serbia, which reportedly holds the remains of victims of the Kosovo conflict, said the Belgrade war crimes prosecutor’s office on Monday.
Examination of the site near the town of Raska, close to the border of Serbia’s southern province of Kosovo, is scheduled to begin on early Tuesday.
The abandoned stone pit reportedly contains the remains of about 350 ethnic Albanians.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) first reported on the site as a possible mass grave in mid-April.
Bloody conflicts between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanians ended in 1999 when a NATO-led bombing mission pushed the Serbian military out of the province. Kosovo has been a virtual UN protectorate ever since.
Over 2,100 people of all ethnicities, including Serbian, Roma and Albanian, are still registered as missing since the end of the conflict in Kosovo.
Mass graves have been uncovered at three locations in Serbia since the fall of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic’s regime in 2000.
The remains of thousands of ethnic Albanians have been excavated from these sites, and the bodies of identified victims have been transferred to their families in Kosovo.
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