Slobodno srpski with Gordana Đikanović

In the 426th of Slobodno srpski a guest was a journalist and a member of the Association of Missing Persons “Kosmet victims” Gordana Đikanović. In an interview with Budimir Ničić, she said that from 1999 to the present day, none of the authorities in Belgrade and Pristina cares about person.

„The stickers, the plates, the name and whether it will be called this or that is also important. It’s possible that lawyers see it differently, we as families who are families of kidnapped, murdered, forcibly disappeared, abducted, forcibly taken, whatever you say – we can’t understand it,“ said Đikanović.

Given that the issue of missing persons has been returned to the agenda of the Brussels Dialogue, she points out that it is never too late for families who are still searching for their missing relatives to find, identify and bury them, if it is determined that they are not alive.

Although the resolution of the fate of the missing was actualized between Pristina and Belgrade, with the mediation of the European Union, it is indicative that no one contacted the families of the missing.

„Unfortunately, neither do we, and we also consulted our friends from Pristina with whom we cooperate, and they don’t have any information about what they agreed on, whether there is one thing that they have agreed on that they will move towards solving it“ , said Đikanović.

Serbs are also afraid to testify

Although it is possible to report anonymously to ICMP, potential witnesses do not dare to send important information about the missing, even if they have it, because no effective mechanism for their protection has been found.

„I think it’s just fear.“ Most of them still have families or parts of their families living here and in the end, and experience points us to that from the time of Mr. Haradinaj’s trial, and it is simply something that has been etched in people’s consciousness. They don’t have any of them, I know that from the reliable stories of several members of our associations who were initially in a good mood and went to those talks and when they heard what guarantees they were being offered, in fact they were offered nothing except that they would only be Anonymous face with the fact that we also know that information leaks, or occasionally leaks information,“ said Đikanović.

This also applies to Serbs as potential witnesses for fear that they will not receive a guarantee for themselves and their family that they will get a new identity, that they will be in a third country or similar.

Confrontation with the past is necessary for normalization

She commented on stereotypes and negative attitudes towards other national ethnic communities, which is especially noticeable among young people, Đikanović believes that dealing with the past is crucial in normalizing relations.

„Young people, both Albanians and Serbs, must know that crimes were committed, I’m not betting where there was more, where less, but they were committed from both sides. They grow up and become people who know only one truth and learn that truth through textbooks, now I am talking about young people in Serbia and young people in Kosovo. If this generation of ours, who, so to speak, have nailed all this to them, if we leave that burden to them to solve, I think they will never solve it,“ said Gordana Đikanović, guest on the show Slobodno srpski.