Delays for the voting of the Special Tribunal continue

Delays for the voting of the Special Tribunal continue

Pristina, 27 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo’s government is still not ready to vote the constitutional amendments that would give way to the creation of the Special Tribunal.

Deputy speaker of the parliament of Kosovo, Xhavit Haliti said today that he doesn’t know if the government of Kosovo is ready to proceed once again with constitutional amendments in parliament.

It’s still not known if the governing coalition has managed to secure the necessary numbers to vote in favor of these changes, in order for this incentive not to fail for the second time.

Xhavit Haliti says that the voting of the Special Tribunal serves Kosovo’s interests, while adding that the consequences are known if the tribunal is not approved.

According to him, although MPs will be on holiday, they will be summoned to vote should the need arise.

Meanwhile, representatives of the opposition demand the Special Tribunal to be redesigned.

Incentive for Kosovo secretary, Bilall Sherifi says that the opposition is not against the constitution of the Special Tribunal, but not the current version.

“United opposition has never been against the creation of the Special Tribunal, which would try all crimes perpetrated during the war in Kosovo. Incentive for Kosovo is committed in order for this version of the tribunal not to pass in parliament”, Sherifi says.

He adds that if the government sends the constitutional amendments to parliament, although a month ago they were rejected by MPs, then this will mark the end of democracy in the country.

Meanwhile, European Union and USA calls on authorities in Kosovo not to delay the creation of the Special Tribunal on war crimes.

Officials in Brussels and Washington say that last April, parliament of Kosovo has ratified the agreement that was reached through a letter exchange between president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga and former head of EU diplomacy, Catherine Ashton. /ibna/