United Nations forensics experts have begun exhuming 41 graves in a Serb cemetery in Pristina, where they believe remains of Serbs missing since the Kosovo conflict of the late 1990s are buried.

U.N. officials say they believe the victims are from a series of kidnappings and murders during the withdrawal of Serb forces and deployment of NATO peacekeepers there in 1999.

Officials say about 50 Serbs disappeared in the Pristina area before the peacekeepers were in place.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says nearly 3,000 people remain unaccounted for in Kosovo. Most of those who disappeared are ethnic Albanians, and around 400 are Serbs.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.