Excavation works start for a suspected graveyard in the University of Pristina campus

Excavation works start for a suspected graveyard in the University of Pristina campus

Pristina, 13 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The Coroner’s Office in Pristina started to dig today near a Serb Orthodox Church in Pristina, located near the University of Pristina campus, with the suspicion of the existence of a graveyard dating back from the time of the war.

The head of this department, Arsim Gerxhaliu said that there are suspicions that this graveyard may contain Albanian victims killed by the Slobodan Milosevic regime.

The works will last two days and if there are human remains, the works will be held in another form.

The excavations in this location follow the declarations given by several people that they had seen Serb forces digging in this location during the war.

Kosovo’s deputy PM, Branimir Stojanovic considered the works in this place as “ill intentional” and according to him, they are attempting “to politicize the issue of the church” which is located in the campus.

Stojanovic, who followed on Wednesday the start of works for the excavation of the land, said that “the church has a vital importance for the Serbs of Kosovo”.

Stressing that “he has no objection on investigating any location which is suspected to be a graveyard”, Stojanovic said that “we are not convinced that there are good intentions in this matter and this is being politicized in order for the issue of the church to be seen in a negative point of view”.

The church in the campus of the University of Pristina started to be built in 1992 during the period of Serb administration.

The church has sparked many debates between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo, while Serb political representatives have demanded the works in this church to be finalized. /balkaneu.com/