Ministry of Communities and Returns - Items filtered by date: Thursday, 23 July 2020

21ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE KILLING OF 14 SERBS IN STARO GRACKO

Pristina, July 23, 2020

"Pain and sorrow do not subside. The years go by and there is still no justice for the victims. This monstrous crime that was committed in peace against 14 Serb civilians from the village of Staro Gracko has remained unsolved to this day. "This is a warning to all those who deal with truth and justice that it is an unsolved crime, a crime that continues and will continue until its perpetrators are brought to justice and adequately punished," said Minister for Communities and Return Dalibor Jevtic, on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the massacre of 14 Serbs from the village of Staro Gracko.

Minister Jevtić pointed out that Serbs in the village of Staro Gracko still live and will live thanks to their immense desire to stay and survive on their land, despite all the misfortunes that have befallen them. He told the locals that as long as he is the Minister for Communities and Return, his help will be indispensable and always present.

"They did not hesitate you in 1999 to leave your estates and you did not give an opportunity to those who shot at your fathers, brothers, children and friends from the ambush to achieve their monstrous goals, and that is to have no more Serbs in Stari Gracki." Even today, when we remember the heinous crime, I can't help but thank you for that. "

It is also unfortunate that for more than two decades we have been warning domestic and international representatives in Kosovo that the pain of the families of the killed harvesters is the same today as in 1999, and that the crime without punishment was committed again. Justice must be available to all.

"That is why we are appealing even today and we are asking for the perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice and thus at least alleviate the grief and pain of the families of the victims," said Minister Jevtić.

Two years ago, Minister Jevtic addressed letters to all relevant institutions in Kosovo with a request that the investigation into the murder of 14 harvesters be reopened and that the criminals be finally brought to justice. No one, except the Embassy of the United States of America, responded to the mentioned letter.

In an attack on a group of Serbs in a field near the village of Bujance near Lipljan, while harvesting wheat from an ambush, four members of the Janicijevic family were killed - Slobodan, Mile, Momir and the youngest Novica, who was 17, and Andrija Odalovic, brothers Jovica and Radovan. Živić, Stanimir and Božidar Đekić, Sasa and Ljubiša Cvejić, Nikola Stojanović, Miodrag Tepšić and Milovan Jovanović.

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