International pressure mounts for the creation of the Special Tribunal

International pressure mounts for the creation of the Special Tribunal

Pristina, 7 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Representatives of the most powerful European countries are demanding to Kosovo MPs to vote in favor of the creation of the Special Tribunal, otherwise, according to them, this will be done by the UN Security Council.

Matthias Kiesler, the charge d’affaires at the German embassy to Pristina, says that Kosovo MPs must understand that if the voting of the Special Tribunal fails, this case will be handled by the UN Security Council.

“Is it in Kosovo’s interest for this case to be handled by the UN?”, Kiesler asks.

Kiesler reminds Kosovo lawmakers that in April 2014, the president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga vowed for the creation of this Tribunal by exchanging letters with the then head of EU diplomacy, Lady Ashton.

The Dutch ambassador to Pristina, Robert Bosch, says that Kosovo must take a positive decision for the foundation of the Special Tribunal, otherwise this case will be handled by the UN Security Council.

“The Special Tribunal must be voted here. If it’s not voted here, it will be created by the UN Security Council. This can be a very serious risk. You will not gain anything by refusing the creation of the Special Tribunal”, said the Dutch diplomat.

Bosch said that a team from Brussels is soon expected to arrive to Pristina in order to negotiate the content of documents that must be adopted by the Parliament of Kosovo in relation to the Special Tribunal.

According to him, what’s known is the fact it will consist of international prosecutors and judges and that its seat will be in Holland.

A few days ago, the European Union sent a clear message to Kosovo through the spokeswoman of the head of EU diplomacy, Maja Kocijancic about their stance on the creation of the Special Tribunal.

Kocijancic said that the EU is expecting for the Tribunal to be votes as soon as possible, otherwise the credibility of the institutions of Kosovo may be in question.

Majority MPs have expressed their readiness for the creation of the tribunal, while the opposition has warned protests against this institution that will try crimes allegedly perpetrated by KLA in the last war in Kosovo. /ibna/