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Serbia To Return Bodies To Kosovo

10 August 2005 -- Serbian authorities today were returning to Kosovo the bodies of 84 ethnic Albanians killed during the 1998-99 war in the Serbian province.

The bodies were exhumed from a mass grave on the grounds of a police training center near Belgrade. They will be handed over to their families and UN officials in Merdare, 40 kilometers north of the provincial capital, Pristina.

The remains are believed to be those of ethnic Albanian civilians killed by Serbian forces during the war.

NATO launched a bombing campaign in 1999 to halt the crackdown of Serbian troops on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Since then the province has been administered by the United Nations.