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Extent of Kosovo war crimes as bad as feared, official says

Italian peacekeeping troops inspect a mass grave containing 97 bodies near the town of Uca in Kosovo

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 IN-DEPTH SPECIAL:
Focus on Kosovo
 

June 27, 1999
Web posted at: 7:07 p.m. EDT (2307 GMT)

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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RELATED SITES:
Yugoslavia:
  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
  • Church World Service
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • United States Catholic Conference

Relief:
  • World Relief
  • Doctors without borders
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International
  • UNHCR


Media:
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

Other:
  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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