According to the information gathered, numerous concrete and
convergent indications confirm that some Serbians and some Albanian
Kosovars were held prisoner in secret places of detention under
KLA control in northern Albania and were subjected to inhuman and
degrading treatment, before ultimately disappearing. Numerous indications
seem to confirm that, during the period immediately after the end
of the armed conflict, before international forces had been able
to take control of the region and re-establish law and order, organs were
removed from some prisoners at a clinic on Albanian territory, near
Fushë-Krujë, to be taken abroad for transplantation. Although some
concrete evidence of such trafficking already existed at the beginning
of the decade, the international authorities in charge of the region
did not consider it necessary to conduct a detailed examination
of these circumstances, or did so incompletely and superficially.
The international organisations in place in Kosovo favoured
a pragmatic political approach, taking the view that they needed
to promote short-term stability at any price, thereby sacrificing
some important principles of justice. Insufficient investigation
has been carried out into the connection of KLA members with war
crimes committed against Serbians and Albanian Kosovars. The team
of international prosecutors and investigators within EULEX which
is responsible for investigating allegations of inhuman treatment,
including those relating to possible organ trafficking, has made
progress, particularly in respect of proving the existence of secret
KLA places of detention in northern Albania where inhuman treatment
and even murders are said to have been committed.
We must fight uncompromisingly against impunity for the perpetrators
of serious human rights violations. The fact that these were committed
in the context of a violent conflict could never justify a decision
to refrain from prosecuting anyone who has committed such acts.
There cannot and must not be one justice for the winners and another
for the losers.
The member states of the European Union and the other contributing
states should set EULEX a clear objective and give it the necessary
political support to combat organised crime uncompromisingly, to
ensure that justice is done, without any considerations of political
expediency; Albania and the Kosovo administration should co-operate
unreservedly with ongoing and future investigations.