“Kosovo expects to resolve many important issues with Serbia through reaching a historically important agreement”, said Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci for Reuters.
“The agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, which, I believe, will happen in 2018, will be a historic, comprehensive agreement that will result in Kosovo’s membership in the UN,” claims Thaci.
He added that the agreement with Serbia would bring a full normalization of relations, although, according to Reuters, the two sides may not be asked to recognize each other as independent states.
As for the special court (Specialist Chambers) for the crimes committed by the KLA – of which he is a former leader – Thaci said this was “a historic injustice” that was created “for the sake of keeping the strategic partnership with the US, EU and NATO.”
“We never violated Kosovo law or international laws. We have fought against a dictator, against a man who committed genocide,” he said, referring, according to Reuters, to former Yugoslav and Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, “who died in 2006 while on trial for war crimes.”
Kosovo’s relations with Western countries was soured by an initiative to scrap a law that established a war crimes court. The initiative was shelved under pressure by Western embassies in Pristina, and the court was set up in 2015, although it has yet to hear a case.
Kosovo’s media have reported that some of the leading Kosovo politicians, including Thaci, who was commander of the KLA, could be indicted by the court or called to testify.
Asked what he would do if called to testify as a witness or defendant by the court, he said: “The president or any other citizen of this country has no reason to be afraid.”
(Politika, B92, Reuters, 14.02.2018)
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