Osmani: Families of those missing by force should be heard, the process of bringing of their fate to light should be accelerated

The President of Kosovo Dr. Vjosa Osmani received today at a meeting the Regional Director of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Europe and Central Asia, Mr. Martin Schuepp.

At the meeting, President Osmani informed Mr. Schuepp of the commitment of the new institutions of Kosovo on bringing to light as soon as possible the fate of 1639 persons missing by force during the war in Kosovo.


"For our institutions", said President Osmani, "clarifying their whereabouts is not only a political priority, but also a human obligation", therefore we do not want to treat this process only as a political, but, above all, as a humanitarian one."


According to President Osmani, it is the duty of the institutions to listen to the voices of the families of the missing, to become their voice; and we are making sure that we do everything we can so that the families are treated with dignity and receive information on the fate of their loved ones as soon as possible.


"The process is proceeding very tardily," said President Osmani. "Serbia is not showing readiness to clarify the fate of these people, thus the international community must increase pressure on Serbia in order to provide information on every missing person."


Mr. Schuepp, meanwhile, briefed President Osmani on the organization's efforts to provide data on missing persons.