BELGRADE – According to figures released by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 10,653 missing persons – including over 4,000 Serbs – are still sought across the region, Dragan Pjevac, president of the Coordination of Serbian Associations of Families of Missing Persons from the territory of the former Yugoslavia, said on Tuesday, the International Day of the Disappeared.

In 2016, the remains of 34 people – of which only four were Serbs – have been exhumed and identified in Kosovo-Metohija, while in Croatia there have been no exhumations and identifications this year, he said.

Veljko Odalovic, the head of the Serbian government commission on missing persons, said the problem was very grave but significant, “both politically and at state level,” for overall normalisation in the region.