EULEX experts investigate site in Rudnica

PRIŠTINA -- EULEX Forensic Medicine Department experts and the Serbian government representatives are examining a site suspected to hold a mass grave.

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The suspected mass grave would date back to the period of conflicts in Kosovo.

The site of the potential mass grave is situated in Rudnica stone pit, municipality of Raska, the EULEX information service released on Thursday.

The examination was launched in the presence of Serbian authorities, the Serbian government Commission for people gone mission in Kosovo, the government Missing Persons Committee, the International Committee of the Red Cross and UNMIK representatives.

Chief of EULEX forensic medicine experts Alan Robinson said that after comprehensive talks with relevant bodies, the authorities decided to conduct the examination in several stages.

He said that examination of the first and the most likely site of the potential mass grave was set as the priority in the first stage.

Certain parts of the Rudnica stone pit were examined in 2007, and later in 2010 and 2011.

It is impossible to foresee the time necessary for examination of the site, Robinson said and noted that the first potential site will at first be examined in the course of five days and if human remains are found, the operation would expand considerably, EULEX said in a release.