Kosovo leaders vowed to demand justice from Serbia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Albanians killed by the Serbs during the ‘98-’99 war.
“The new government of Prime Minister Albin Kurti has promised to first file a lawsuit over the Serbian state’s genocide; this has to happen first, then we should be prepared to ask for our rights during each phase, starting from the dialogue with Serbia and throughout all other stages of state-building,” Acting President and Speaker of the Kosovo Assembly, Glauk Konjufca, told journalists on Saturday.
He said Kosovo and its people still suffer the pain of “three open wounds”: the massacres they went through, the missing persons, and the justice that has not been delivered yet.
Prime Minister Albin Kurti also promised to prioritize the issue of Serbian crimes in Kosovo and the destiny of the over 1,600 missing persons.
“The filing a genocide lawsuit against Serbia will be a long, complex and very sensitive process, so it will take time,” Rozafa Kelmendi, the spokeswoman of the Kosovo government, has said.
To remind, the International Court of Justice ruled that the killing of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica was genocide. According to the ICJ, Serbia did not prevent it, but Serbian authorities claimed the court lacked enough evidence to hold the country responsible for the genocide.
The Serbian authorities are yet to respond to the threat of a lawsuit.
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