The Racak case

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January 20, 2022

The Racak case is the name given to the armed conflict between the Serbian police and Albanian terrorists during the police action on January 15, 1999 in the Kosovo-Metohija village of Racak, as well as to the investigative and political events it provoked. Controversy over the events in Racak is provided by the still opposing views, as well as different conclusions of the autopsies, contradictory and biased information in the media and the resulting significant political consequences. There are views on the action of the Serbian police, on the one hand primarily based on the statements of William Walker, then head of the OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM), that the Serbian police, with the support of the Yugoslav Army (VJ), massacred innocent Albanian civilians. The second group is of the opinion that it was a legitimate anti-terrorist action of the police against armed members of the terrorist organization Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which was politically used as an occasion to construct allegations of massacre of civilians in order to create legitimacy for NATO bombing. Depending on the attitude, the case is characterized as the Racak Hoax, the Racak Hoax. The Racak case was a turning point that served as a rhetorical argument against FR Yugoslavia, and as “legal cover After this event and the media campaign, the plans for NATO intervention, the implementation of which was postponed after the Holbrooke-Milosevic agreement in November 1998, were updated again.

Background

The action of the police in Racak was a consequence of the intensified terrorist activities of the KLA. This organization was founded in 1994, and since 1996 it has been launching more serious armed attacks on police, civilians and state facilities in Kosovo and Metohija, fighting for the independence of Kosovo and Metohija from Serbia and Yugoslavia and the creation of a Greater Albania in 1996-1998. The KLA claimed responsibility for the killings of 21 people: 5 police officers and 16 civilians (5 of whom were Serbs and 11 Albanians whom KLA members considered collaborators). KLA activities intensified in mid-1998, leading to more serious conflicts between the KLA and the police. On the occasion of these conflicts, on July 2, 1998, the NATO Council

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