EU Exhumes 9 Bodies in Kosovo

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union forensic experts in Kosovo have exhumed nine bodies believed to be victims of the Kosovo war in the late 1990s.

The EU mission in Kosovo said Monday the experts dug up the remains from a Muslim cemetery north of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, and the team is still looking for the bodies of two other missing people.

EULEX says the exhumation is giving valuable training to Kosovo's local team, which will eventually take over the search for missing persons and forensic science duties.

About 1,800 people are still listed as missing from the fighting between ethnic-Albanians and Serbian forces in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999.

NATO airstrikes ended the war, paving the way for Kosovo's independence from Serbia in 2008 — a move Serbia refuses to recognize.