Failure to approve the Special Tribunal may cause the fall of Mustafa’s government

Failure to approve the Special Tribunal may cause the fall of Mustafa’s government

Pristina, 14 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo’s government is yet to find a solution for the creation of the Special Tribunal, for which the international community has insisted a great deal.

Adviser on legal affairs of the prime minister, Besnik Berisha, says that the government still doesn’t have a plan or a clear strategy as to how it should act in relation to sending to parliament the constitutional amendment which would give way to the creation of the Special Tribunal once again.

“We’re holding talks. For the moment, we have no clear strategy as to what action we should take. But, we need political will to deliver this international obligation”, Berisha says.

The prime minister’s adviser says that there are several alternatives to pass this constitutional amendment, but according to him, the next few days will decide on further action.

“We know from past experiences that a law has not been voted the first time, but it has been voted for the second time in parliament”, he says, not giving any concrete details about the constitutional basis that will be used to send the constitutional amendment to parliament for a fresh voting.

The US State Department senior official, Victoria Nuland has visited Pristina and issued a message to political leaders in Kosovo that if they fail to vote the Special Tribunal, then this will be done by the UNO.

On the other hand, political analysts argue that Nuland has been very clear during her visit to Kosovo that this tribunal must be set up as soon as possible.

The head of “Speak” Movement, Petrit Zogaj says that Nuland has issued a clear message to institutions of Kosovo that this tribunal must be set up.

“Mrs. Nuland visit must be seen as a routine visit. She visited several countries in the region. Of course, for each state there are specific issues. The most sensitive issue for us in Kosovo is the establishment of the Special Tribunal and for this reason, I don’t think that there was any other main topic discussed in these meetings”, he said.

Zogaj says that it’s well clear what the impact of this visit will be.

He adds that the Republic of Kosovo must speed up the process of the creation of the Special Tribunal, with or without pressure from abroad.

Meanwhile, analyst Dukagjin Gorani says that if the Special Tribunal is not voted, then it’s very likely for the government to fall.

“It’s little likely for this issue to be finalized in parliament, in spite of the great desire of PM Mustafa and his party”, Gorani says.

Gorani says that if the Special Tribunal is not set up, the country would sink into a deep political crisis until mid autumn, a period when fresh parliamentary elections may be announced. He says that Nuland’s visit to Kosovo was the last message sent by the US on the Special Tribunal.

At the end of last month, Kosovo’s parliament voted against the constitutional amendment which would give way to the creation of the Special Trubunal.

There were 13 PDK lawmakers who refused this constitutional amendment. /ibna/