True reconciliation and a future in the European family can happen only when killers and criminals are no longer celebrated as “national heroes” in Kosovo, Serbian media reported.
First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this on Sunday, during the marking of the anniversary of the 2003 crime committed in the enclave of Gorazdevac in Kosovo, when a group of Serb children and teenagers spending the summer day at the Bistrica River was gunned down by as yet unknown perpetrators using automatic rifles.
Two of them, 12 year-old Pantelija Dakic, and 19-year-old Ivan Jovovic were killed, while four others were wounded.
According to his remarks published by the Serbian government, Dacic repeated his call to institutions in Kosovo and the international community to take measures to bring to justice the perpetrators and masterminds of murders in Gorazdevac and other places throughout Kosovo.
Meanwhile, Head of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric attended the memorial service in Gorazdevac itself, where he placed a wreath on a memorial raised to honor the victims of NATO’s 1999 attack on Serbia, and the youths gunned down at the Bistrica River four years later.