Since the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade is closed, it cannot assist SSA in obtaining evidence
or in verifying documents issued in the Kosovo region of Serbia. There is no mail
service from the U.S. to this area.
It appears that many (if not all) of the records in the Kosovo region for ethnic Albanians
were destroyed in March and April 1999. In addition, experience has shown that civil
birth records issued in the Kosovo region after 1989 (when Kosovo declared its independence
from Serbia) may not accurately reflect the source records.