Liberation of Kosovo: War crimes - Women's bodies found in stream
Thursday 01 July 1999
The discovery was relayed to Mr Cook by the leader of the team, Chief Superintendent John Bunn, by telephone. Mr Cook was attending a meeting of 16 foreign ministers at the United Nations to push forward the reconstruction of Kosovo. There, he pledged $1m (pounds 647,000) by Britain to the UN Trust Fund on rebuilding the province.
Mr Bunn told Mr Cook that the smell of the bodies being removed from the stream all in plastic bags, was "horrific".
And he described what he believed took place in the village, which translates as the White Church, on or around 25 March. It is believed villagers rushed to the stream, near a rail bridge, when Serbian police arrived. At once, 12 were shot by the police, including 10 women and children. Then, according to Mr Cook, the rest were ordered out of the stream. The men were separated, ordered back under the bridge and then shot. About 65 men are believed to have been shot. The incident was listed in an indictment handed down by the UN war crimes tribunal against Slobodan Milosevic.
Mr Cook also said that he would be appealing to towns and cities across Britain to twin with Kosovo and send local officials to help in the running of the country. "I am sure that there might well be local communities who might find it a positive and valuable way to express their wish to be part of the reconstruction of Kosovo to be supportive of a particular town or community within Kosovo," he said.
Sixteen countries have pledged 1,900 personnel towards an international UN police force in Kosovo of 3,000. Because the police force must be armed no officers are to be supplied by Britain.
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
£49000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client is...
£48000 - £54000 per annum + Benefits package: Progressive Recruitment: My clie...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: If you're pa...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP Business...