Nearly 15,000 people still missing from 1990s Balkan wars, Red Cross says

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Red Cross says nearly 15,000 people are still missing from the wars fought in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The figures were released Monday to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared.

About 10,500 of those missing are from the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, while 2,392 are from the 1991-95 conflict in Croatia. Another 1,839 are from the 1998-99 conflict in Kosovo.

The International Committee of the Red Cross statement urges authorities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia to initiate extensive searches for information about the missing persons.

It warns that failure to do so represents a "serious obstacle" to reconciliation and cooperation in the Balkans.