Kllodernicë

27. March 1999.

Members of the Serbian forces killed 21 Kosovo Albanians in the village of Kladernica/Kllodernicë on 27 March 1999.

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On March 22, 1999, the Joint Command for Kosovo and Metohija, issued an order on the destruction of ‘STF’ [Shiptar Terrorist Forces] in the region of Donja Drenica. The Yugoslav Army (YA) forces which participated in the attack in the municipality of Srbica/Skënderaj were the 37th and the 125th Motorized Brigades. The operation involved seven Special Police Forces (PJP) companies, of which two were in direct communication with the 37th mtbr. The initial command post was in Srbica/Skënderaj, and then in the village of Cikatovo/Çikatovë.

On March 24, 1999, the Joint Command for Kosovo and Metohija issued another order to the YA units to support the MUP forces in breaking up and destroying the ‘STF’ in the region of Drenica. It was decided that the attack on the ‘STF’ should begin at 5:00 pm on March 26, 1999. Th e 37th mtbr (BG-37 and TG-37) was tasked to support the MUP forces in the area of Rudnik/Runik-Vitak-Kladernica/Klladërnicë-Voćnjak/Vojnikë-Broćna/ Burojë. Th e commander of the 37th mtbr. complied with this order, and transferred his command post to the village of Rudnik/Runik.

The order of the Joint Command for Kosovo and Metohija dated March 24 1999 contained the following order: “Demonstrate the required proper behaviour towards theloyal civilian population..."

This order represents a violation of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, which prescribe general protection of civilian population and prohibit the adverse distinction between civilians on any grounds.