Kosovo opposition’s violent behavior in parliament is condemned

Kosovo opposition’s violent behavior in parliament is condemned

Pristina, 8 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The head of the state and foreign diplomats in the country have condemned today’s violent actions of the opposition in the parliament of Kosovo.

President Atifete Jahjaga said that the actions of the opposition go against democratic practices and institutional behavior that the country is trying to built.

She has invited Kosovo MPs to distance from violence and respect institutions that they have built with so much sacrifice.

President Jahjaga said that Kosovo citizens expect from their representatives to advance consolidating processes of the country and not turn into spectators of tension, crises and constant blockades that prevent the progress of the country.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has expressed his regret for the violence exerted today by a group of opposition MPs.

“In spite of the extreme behavior manifested by this group of opposition MPs,  thanks to our determination and democratic commitment, we managed to vote today in parliament several bills which have a vital importance for the life of the citizens”, Mustafa declared.

Mustafa also called on opposition MPs to put an end to any action which is against the vital interests of the citizens, state and precious partnership of the Republic of Kosovo with the USA and EU countries.

US Embassy: Opposition must retreat from violence as a political tactic

In the meantime, the US embassy to Kosovo issued a press statement today where it condemned today’s violence in parliament.

According to the US embassy, weapons have no place in parliament.

“The terrible behavior of several opposition MPs is a mockery with one of the most important institutions in Kosovo. Today’s violence along with the violence manifested three weeks ago, has not enabled parliament to vote bills which would improve the life of the citizens of Kosovo. This is not democracy, but an obstacle for the democratic process”, the US embassy said.

The US embassy adds: “The United States demand from the opposition to retreat from violence as a political tactic and commit in a constructive way in the work of parliament”. /ibna/