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There has been a great deal of discussion of missing and abducted persons with the Serbian authorities, those of Serbia-Montenegro, and representatives of the international community. However, aside from well-phrased replies, we have not been told the truth. We are aware of the facts and the outcome of the policies that have led to the unfortunate events because of which we are today wondering what become of many innocent people. The cause and effect of these crimes is inexcusable, no matter which side committed them....

Six years after the war, the unresolved fate of missing persons continues to be the biggest wound for all surviving family members. The Serbian-Yugoslav terror of 1998-1999 left Kosovo almost entirely destroyed and with thousands of killed and missing persons. The majority of Kosovars were forced out of their homes. Some of them were arrested and sent to Serbian prisons. The lucky were released after two years. But the fate of 2.549 persons continues to be a great enigma for Kosovo, and especially for surviving...

There are many pensioners in Kosovo and Metohija who have not received any pensions since 1999, and this is no small amount of money. The payment of pensions to users in Kosovo and Metohija stopped after the end of the bombing of then FR Yugoslavia, a campaign that was launched because of the crisis in the province. For me and for the ministry I am running, this is the inherited situation, which, I hope, would be solved in the forthcoming period. However, contacts are needed...

Since the war, Kosovo – unlike other republics in the former Yugoslavia – has not continued with the previous Pension and Invalid Fund scheme. Immediately after the war, Kosovo was without administration: UNMIK and the local government were just being established, the banking system was not functioning, and therefore workers received their salaries in cash. The Pension and Invalid Fund, which had been in place in Kosovo until June 1999, was empty: its assets had been transferred to Belgrade at the beginning of the 1990s....

The Roma are definitely the biggest collateral damage of the conflict in Kosovo and Metohija. Their present position and the problems they are facing are so difficult and complex that no reliable data can be found in any segment of their life and existence, which one could start from in describing the problems, even in a simple list, and in setting a strategy for solving them. The Roma are nowadays jeopardized in political, welfare, social and economic terms, and even as an entity so, when...