SRSG Tanin's statement

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On the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of UNMIK, Zahir Tanin, reaffirms UNMIK’s commitment to continue supporting the process of enlightening the fate of persons who are still missing in Kosovo and their families.

In this process, SRSG Tanin underscores that the right of families of missing persons to the truth about the fate of their loved ones is a fundamental human right, the realization of which is a crucial element of trust-building and reconciliation between communities in Kosovo. In this regard, he welcomes ongoing discussions on the issue of missing persons in the context of the EU-facilitated dialogue. SRSG Tanin also commends the work all of parties involved in searching for missing persons in Kosovo, including by the Working Group on persons who are unaccounted in connection with events in Kosovo that is chaired by the International Committee of the Red Cross. He further calls on all actors to redouble their efforts to clarify what happened to the 1,643 persons who are still unaccounted for.

“UNMIK remains fully committed to supporting all efforts to make significant progress in the search for missing persons and allow the families to find some measure of closure about the fate of their loved ones,” SRSG Tanin said.

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