Will Serbia and Kosovo Open Up Secret War Archives?

8/11/2020

When senior officials from Serbia and Kosovo met in Brussels last month to restart dialogue aimed at normalizing relations, both sides said they were ready to help the other to find the remains of people who went missing in the 1998-1999 war.

The Kosovo delegation asked Serbia to open up its Yugoslav-era military and police archives to help find the locations of wartime mass graves, while Serbia’s delegation asked for the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)’s archives to be opened up for scrutiny.

But despite the rhetoric about cooperation, none of this seems likely to happen any time soon. Serbia has classified some of its military archives as state secrets, while Kosovo insists that the KLA, as a guerrilla organization, never had military archives at all.

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