Extent of Kosovo war crimes as bad as feared, official says
June 27, 1999
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- NATO peacekeepers fanning out across Kosovo are uncovering more and more sites of death and destruction, according to the top U.S. official investigating war crimes in the Serbian province.
"Our worst assumptions are being borne true in Kosovo. The proliferation of new sites is all over Kosovo at this time," U.S. Ambassador for War Crimes David Scheffer said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition."
Scheffer said the growing evidence includes not just mass grave sites but also mass killing sites.
"You walk through the landscape of Kosovo, and you come across one destroyed neighborhood after another, and under the tile of these homes are bodies," he said. "You also see a lot of burning evidence, of bodies having been burned."
With NATO troops still uncovering sites, it remains too soon to tell the level of the atrocities, Scheffer said.
"It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better," he said.
Scheffer said the top man among those indicted for war crimes, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, will eventually face trial before the international tribunal at the Hague.
"It may happen soon. It may happen later, but we're going to probably wait for developments within Serbia to liberate him from his Serbian sanctuary and get him to the Hague," he said.
The NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force is monitoring a NATO- backed accord between separatist ethnic Albanian rebels and Yugoslav forces in Kosovo.
Milosevic's previous refusal to accept a similar agreement led to more than two months of NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia. The air campaign ended in early June when Belgrade agreed to NATO conditions.
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