Statement on the 22nd Anniversary of the Murder of Bytyqi Brothers

Twenty-two years have passed since three Americans, Yili, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi, disappeared while in the custody of Serbian special police.  Their bodies were later discovered on a base in Petrovo Selo in eastern Serbia, under the control of a unit led by Goran Radosavljevic – Guri.  The Bytyqi brothers were executed, shot in the head with their hands tied behind their backs, yet after more than two decades there has not been a full investigation.  We cannot and will not forget this crime.  Delivering justice for the Bytyqi brothers and their family and holding accountable those who committed and covered up their murders remains a priority in our bilateral relationship with Serbia. The United States government again calls on Serbian authorities, who have promised to assist in this case over years, for a full investigation. This case, and many others, illustrate the urgent need for Serbia to resolve outstanding war crimes investigations and focus on strengthening the rule of law.