In an exclusive interview for IBNA, former speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo, Jakup Krasniqi says that the government led by PM Isa Mustafa has failed in meeting the priorities that it has proclaimed, such as the reformation of the rule of law, economic development, education and public health. Krasniqi says that the current government may leave through protests, which he considers as an important regulator for positive developments, but also through a democratic electoral process. MP of the party “Incentive for Kosovo”, Mr. Krasniqi expresses his skepticism about the process of talks between Kosovo and Serbia, which according to him, have had a bad start and without any preparation. Krasniqi also talks about the consequences that according to him are expected with the creation of the Special Tribunal
Interviewed by Elton Tota
IBNA: How do you evaluate the first 100 days of the Mustafa-Thaci governing coalition?
Krasniqi: The government has failed in meeting its proclaimed priorities such as the rule of law. What have we seen these days in the justice system? Whoever has followed the work of the Kosovo Prosecution Council (accusations and counter accusations), in the process of the election of the General Attorney and other meetings of this Council (where nobody bothers to meet the quorum, especially the General Attorney in office), has surely noticed that nothing in that Council is in order. Nothing professional and legal can be expected from that institution. As an institution responsible for all levels of prosecution, it has offered the worst possible example. This level of state prosecution has shown and is showing that it has never been and is not prepared to tackle any form of crime, because it may also be tied to crime.
No other segment of the justice system is better than the prosecution. Thus, this government cabinet is not doing anything about this priority.
The government says that economic development is one of its main priorities, but in these 100 days, the government of Kosovo has taken no concrete steps to change fiscal and economic policies, because there has been no legal amendment that relates to the facilitation of investments. Everything in this aspect has remained in the framework of verbal declarations. The government has no new plans, which would promise changes and this is proven by the fact that there are no bills which would reflect the governing policies of the new government.
In education, science and technology there are no incentives that would show that changes are finally taking place. Besides the Rector of “Hasan Prishtina” University, we have noticed no other serious effort. Education of the new generation has an immediate need for a deep change in content.
Although the health service is a government priority, so far there have been no efforts for change. Our public health is in a dire conditions and the government has no urgent measures in place to make any initial changes. With this lethargy that the government has shown in the first 100 days, I see no promising changes.
IBNA: As you said, Kosovo is facing big economic problems, poverty, a massive exodus, lack of standards and all of this causes discontent… Do you think that the country may face social problems?
Krasniqi: Protests in democracy are an important regulator for positive developments, where political responsibility is at the right level. In democracy the government must be changed and changes are healthy when they are made through free elections, but one question arises: how much are the citizens prepared to make government changes through the free vote? In democracy, without the will of the people and the responsibility of the citizens for their vote, it’s difficult to make the necessary changes in the government of the country.
IBNA: What will happen with the process of the liberalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia? Do you think that the Peace Treaty between the two countries will be signed?
Krasniqi: The talks between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels have had a bad start without any preparation. This makes me skeptic as to whether we may soon have such agreement.
IBNA: How do you consider the process of the recognition of Kosovo and is this the right moment to apply for UN accession?
Krasniqi: The process of the recognition of Kosovo by the UNO with this number of countries that have recognized the country, is not promising, given the known Russian stance at the Security Council.
IBNA: What is your positioning on the creation of the Tribunal on KLA?
Krasniqi: The Special Tribunal is being created based on false charges orchestrated in Belgrade and based on the anti-Albanian and anti-NATO demands in several European circles. The only responsibility of the institutions of Kosovo and international ones during these years relates to the fact that they didn’t manage to build a credible justice system. The problem doesn’t consist on the creation of the Special Tribunal, but the main damage will be political, because for several years, the world will forget Serb crimes and will focus on the crimes alleged by Dick Marty. /ibna/