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Montenegro Court: No Mass Grave in Andrijevica

Montenegro's authorities probe into a possible mass grave containing remains of Kosovo Albanians killed during the 1998-1999 conflict in Andrijevica, 100 kilometers east of capital Podgorica, 22 July 2010

Court officials in Montenegro say an investigation into a suspected mass grave in the country has been closed after finding no evidence that remains of Kosovo Albanians were buried there.

A court spokeswoman said Wednesday there is no evidence that a mass grave exists in the northern Montenegrin town of Andrijevica, near the Kosovo border.

Officials from Montenegro investigated the site at the request of the European Union-led rule-of-law mission EULEX in Kosovo.

A mass grave containing the remains of 250 ethnic Kosovo Albanians had been uncovered in Serbia earlier this year.

The victims were believed to have been killed during the 1998-1999 conflict in Kosovo, when Serbian forces fought ethnic Albanian separatists. Ethnic Albanians make up about 90 percent of Kosovo's population.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but ethnic Serbs who constitute a majority in northern Kosovo refuse to recognize the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.