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Official rejects Kosovo organ sale claims

April 6, 2011 at 8:50 AM

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 6 (UPI) -- A man who once headed the United Nations mission in Kosovo said he does not believe human organs were illegally traded during his watch.

Former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner rejected a Council of Europe report that Serbs and other civilians were kidnapped in 1999 and 2000 for their organs, Serbia's B92 reported Wednesday.

Kouchner headed the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo from mid-1999 until early 2001.

Following publication of the report, the council's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an investigation.

Kouchner told Swiss TV that he does not believe the report and no evidence has been found to back it up.

He said he will be "ready to believe that the organ trade took place only if any investigation establishes it did."

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