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Monday, July 26, 1999 Published at 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK


World: Europe

Serb funerals postponed in Kosovo


A spokesman for the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo has said the funerals of the fourteen Serb farmers massacred on Friday have been postponed so that the autopsies on their bodies can be completed.

The Serbian Orthodox Church had originally planned to perform the funerals today but correspondents say they may not now take place for three or four days.

Relatives have indicated they want all fourteen men to be buried in the same ceremony.

The killing of the men, who were harvesting wheat near the village of Gracko, is the most serious incident since KFOR arrived in mid-June.

Serb representatives have since forced the postponement of a meeting of Kosovo's inter-ethnic liaison council, even though NATO stepped up security patrols in the province. KFOR has not yet reported any success in finding the farmers' killers.

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