BELGRADE – The association of families of the kidnapped and murdered in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) marked on Monday the 17th anniversary of the first mass abduction in the southern Serbian province and started a petition to build a monument to Serb victims of ethnic Albanian terrorists and NATO aggression.

Photo: Tanjug, Z. Zestic
Photo: Tanjug, Z. Zestic

On June 22, 1998, the terrorists stopped a bus transporting miners from the Belacevac mine and abducted nine passengers, eight of which were miners. The fate of the kidnapped is still unknown.

The abductions began on May 17, when a driver at the Belacevac mine, the municipality of Kosovo Polje, was taken away.

The association will urge Belgrade authorities to provide a suitable location for the monument as soon as possible, its chairman Simo Spasic said.

The monument should be dedicated not only to the civilians, police officers and soldiers killed in the attacks of the terrorist KLA, but also to all those who perished in NATO’s aggression and bombing of Serbia and Montenegro in 1999, he added.

We are calling on citizens, veteran organizations and ministries of the interior and of defense to support our initiative, said Spasic in front of the Belgrade High Court’s Department for War Crimes, where a “wall of tears” was put up, with photos of 2,500 civilians, soldiers and police officers murdered and kidnapped in KiM.