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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

War Crimes Prosecutor Visits Sites




PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- Louise Arbour, the chief prosecutor for the United Nations tribunal on war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, headed for the site of one of the worst atrocities committed in Kosovo, where British forensic teams found the bodies of 11 children shot dead at close range.


Meanwhile, one civilian was killed and another critically wounded in yet another mine accident in the war-battered Serbian province of Kosovo, where acts of revenge against Serbs and other violence persisted, NATO spokesman Jan Joosten said Wednesday.


The murdered children - seven girls and four boys, 2 to 16 years old - were found among 20 other corpses. Arbour also was to visit another site where Serbs committed atrocities against ethnic Albanians in Vlastica, southeast of Pristina.


During her tour of Balkan countries, Arbour is collecting evidence against key Yugoslav military and civil figures, including Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who with four others was indicted May 27.


While Arbour expressed satisfaction Tuesday that the tribunal has "accumulated supportive evidence of these charges," she added that the issue of whether Milosevic can be indicted for the stronger charge of genocide "is going to remain an open question."


The mine accident occurred Tuesday in the French zone when the civilians hit an anti-tank mine driving through a muddy tract of road marked for mines, NATO spokesman Joosten said. The exact location was not immediately known.


Describing the accident as "distressing," Joosten said the area had been cordoned off, but that residents had repeatedly removed the markings and driven over the road.


According to NATO figures, at least 27 people have been killed by mines in at least 61 confirmed incidents. The UN said the number of casualties - deaths and injuries - may be as high as 170.


"People are still not aware of the dangers these represent," he said. Humanitarian organizations distribute leaflets at the borders explaining the dangers and markings, and UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, put up 220,000 posters throughout the country.