At the sitting held on 27 January 2022, the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija considered the Activity Report of the Working Group for the collection of facts and evidence for the investigation of crimes committed against Serbs and other national communities in Kosovo-Metohija.
The Chairman of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija and the Working Group for the collection of facts and evidence for the investigation of crimes committed against Serbs and other national communities in Kosovo-Metohija Milovan Drecun thanked the Working Group for its tireless efforts and work invested in compiling a single database to help reveal the whole truth of the crimes committed by KLA on the territory of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo-Metohija in the period from 1998 to 2000 and provide plenty evidence for further investigations and processing of the perpetrators and those responsible for the crimes of the terrorist KLA.
Drecun went on to present the Working Group’s Activity Report which states that over 2,500 civilians had disappeared or were killed in the period from 1998 to 2000 and about 250,000 Serbs and non-Albanians were forced to leave their centuries-old hearths and the territory of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo-Metohija, and as these are serious and extremely brutal crimes, the criminals responsible need to be prosecuted to give justice to the victims and punish the perpetrators of the crimes and those who ordered them.
The documentation collected and consolidated so far by the Working Group is extensive - over 7,000 documents for 3,540 events in seven operational zones. All the documentation the Working Group managed to compile into a single database is kept on specially secured premises outside the seat of the National Assembly.
To successfully complete its set goal, the Working Group’s cooperation with representatives of the War Crimes Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of the Interior, i.e. the War Crimes Investigation Service, Office for Kosovo-Metohija and the Commission for Missing Persons of the Government of Serbia was invaluable. It is very important to point out that professional assistance was unreservedly provided by representatives of state bodies, organisations and bodies that have the necessary knowledge and documentation, with the exceptional contribution of the Security Information Agency, Military Security Agency and Military Intelligence Agency. The War Crimes Investigation Service and the Commission for Missing Persons have also affixed their own database.
The Working Group believes that a special state body should be formed to continue to collect information, evidence and facts about crimes committed in Kosovo-Metohija since the beginning of KLA terrorist actions, in the form of a documentation centre, which may be attached to one of the state bodies or set-up independently. One task mentioned in the Working Group’s Report is produce publications on the crimes of the terrorist KLA and ethnic cleansing carried out by KLA and continued by the PISG in Pristina.
The President of the Commission for Missing Persons of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Veljko Odalovic then had a presentation of closed cases and documents on crimes committed in Kosovo-Metohija, in the possession of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
The Committee unanimously adopted the Working Group’s Report.
The sitting was chaired by Committee Chairman Milovan Drecun and attended by the following Committee members and deputy members: Nebojsa Bakarec, Milica Obradovic, Nenad Mitrovic, Danijela Vujicic, Milos Terzic, Rajko Kapelan, Slavisa Bulatovic, Ljubomir Maric, Srbislav Filipovic, Djordje Kosanic, Zvonimir Stevic, Danijela Veljovic and Ilija Zivotic.