Kosovo under pressure to set up war crimes tribunal

Fifteen years after the end of the Kosovan war, pressure is mounting on the country to establish a tribunal in the alleged crimes of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Kosovo under pressure to set up war crimes tribunal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Europe’s newest state, Kosovo, is under increasing pressure from the international community to form a tribunal to adjudicate on the alleged crimes of the Kosovo Liberation Army during the 1998-2000 Kosovan war.

Many of the veterans, including those from the Kosovo Liberation Army Association, currently hold key positions in the country's government and oppose the establishment of a tribunal because of what they call baseless accusations made by persons who aim to damage the image of Kosovo and its liberation since the war.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said Thursday in an interview for Koha Ditore newspaper “We have only one option that is to cooperate closely with the U.S. and EU and to establish the Special Court, which will be under Kosovo’s jurisdiction.”

U.S. Department of State's Director of the Office for South Central European Affairs Jonathan Moore discussed the creation of a tribunal last week with Kosovan President Atifete Jahjaga who told him that Kosovo's institutions have demonstrated their readiness to cooperate with their international partners.

Meanwhile, Kosovo’s Parliamentary head Jakup Krasniqi said that there are clear directives from the U.S. Department of State for Kosovo's Parliament to vote for the establishment of the tribunal, or the UN security Council will vote for it without Kosovo's consent or particiaption.

The need for a tribunal was established after European reporter Dick Marty passed a report for adoption to the Council of Europe in 2010. In this report Marty accused the Kosovo Liberation Army of crimes such as the inhuman treatment of people and the illicit trafficking of human organs.

Thaci has said that the report only aims to damage the image of Kosovo, is not based on facts and is politically motivated.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, after years of strained relations between its Serb and Albanian inhabitants since the end of the war in 1999.

Last Mod: 11 Nisan 2014, 11:03
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