President Meta honors the memory of the 45 martyrs of the Massacre of Reçak: Freedom and human dignity always triumph over genocide, violence and barbarism

President Meta honors the memory of the 45 martyrs of the Massacre of Reçak: Freedom and human dignity always triumph over genocide, violence and barbarism

Reçak, Kosovo

The President of the Republic, H.E. Ilir Meta was present today at the commemoration event of the 21st anniversary of the Massacre of Reçak, carried out by Serbian military forces.

President Meta, along with the Kosovo President, Hashim Thaçi, laid a wreath of flowers and paid homage to the Reçak memorial complex, bowing with respect and honor before the unforgettable memory of the 45 innocent victims who lost their lives as a result of barbaric actions of the Serbian military machinery of the Milosevic regime.

Addressing the media, President Meta, emphasizing that the Massacre of Reçak was a crime against humanity, stated:

“I had the national obligation to be here today, on the anniversary of the Massacre of Reçak, together with President Thaçi and all of you, to humbly bow before the memory of the children, the elderly, and the inhabitants of Reçak, barbarously massacred 21 years ago in an act that cannot be more precisely defined than in three words, as Ambassador Walker did 21 years ago: Crime against humanity.

It was precisely this massacre and this unprecedented sacrifice of the Reçak people that shocked the world, but also set in motion world diplomacy through the Rambouillet Conference to seek a solution to stop genocide in Kosovo through NATO intervention.

This massacre, as well as others that took place in Kosovo as part of a plan for ethnic cleansing, showed that human freedom and dignity, no doubt, always triumphed over genocide, violence and barbarism.

It was this sacrifice that brought international justice through Kosovo’s freedom and independence.

Therefore today is the time, not only to remember this massacre and all those tragic events that happened in Kosovo, but also to demand that justice must be fulfilled for all those who orchestrated and committed this crime against humanity, as this is the best way for a truly sustainable reconciliation in our region.

Any attempt to deny the Reçak massacre, and any other massacre in the region, is a risk of recycling violence.

All of us must stand united around the best of European values, and do everything to prevent such events from happening again in our region. And this can be guaranteed by a common European future.”