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Kosovo PM Hoti says statements of Serbian officials insult victims, expects EU, US to react

Kosovo prime minister Avdullah Hoti has condemned the public statements of Serbian Government ministers who sparked controversy by using derogatory name ‘Siptari’ for Albanians, and sending threats to Serbs who are disclosing locations of mass graves of Albanians killed during the war and whose bodies were transported to Serbia in an attempted to cover up war crimes. PM Hoti in a statement Monday called on the European Union and United States to condemn such language of Serbian officials.

Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic, appearing in a TV program in Serbia last week complained that Serbs are disclosing secrets about presence of mass graves containing the bodies of Kosovar Albanians killed during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. A few days later Serbian minister of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin, who in a statement posted on the official website of Serbia’s Ministry of Defence refers to Albanians with the derogatory term. The headline of Vulin’s statement was “What you give to the Siptars (the name for the Albanians in their language, but a pejorative reference to them in Serbian), you cannot forbid to the Serbs.”

Kosovo Government in a statement Monday said that they are deeply disappointed after public statements of Serbia’s senior officials, who as the Government said continue expressing disrespect to the war victims in Kosovo, their families, who for over two decades now, continue desperately seeking their loved ones who were kidnapped by Serbian forces.

“These scandalous statements, in addition of insulting all victims of Serbian crimes, prove before the world that officials in Belgrade, after all these years, deliberately have covered up crimes, by keeping secret the location of mass graves of hundreds of innocent civilians,” the Government said in a press release.

The Government of the Republic of Kosovo condemns such a behaviour and called on international community, especially the European Union and the United States of America, to do so. The Government said that they remain committed to a peaceful future of the region and continue to strongly cooperate with the Western allies on integration of the region into the Euro-Atlantic family./GazetaExpress

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