Kosovo is ready for accession at the Council of Europe

Kosovo is ready for accession at the Council of Europe

Pristina, 26 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Institutions of Kosovo continue to prepare for accession at the Council of Europe.

Representatives of foreign policy in the country say that accession in such an important mechanism of human rights would help in the development of democracy in this young state.

President of the country, Atifete Jahjaga says that the strengthening of the protection of human rights makes the accession of Kosovo at Council of Europe a necessity and one of the priorities of Kosovo’s diplomacy.

“For me, as president of Kosovo, the accession in this organization is an urgent need which is closely connected to our efforts to strengthen human rights and to advance with democracy and bring Kosovo closer to the process of European integration as a priority which enjoys full institutional and social consensus”, Jahjaga said.

According to her, even for the Council of Europe, it’s very important and vital for Kosovo to become its member.

“It’s as vital for the Council of Europe, in the capacity of the largest human rights organization in Europe which aims at strengthening respect for human rights, to have Kosovo as part of it in order to advance the rule of law and the development of democracy in every corner of the European continent”, she said.

Jahjaga says that the accession in the Council of Europe will enable the citizens of Kosovo and all communities to address to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, once all legal instances in Kosovo are exhausted.

Former minister of Foreign Affairs, Enver Hoxhaj says that this is the right moment for Kosovo to apply for accession at the Council of Europe, as this is one of the most strategic long term objectives of the new state.

However, he admits the fact that the process of application and accession in this organization is very complex and not at all easy.

“From my experience as minister and the achievements that we have had with the accession of Kosovo in many organizations, I must stress that before any application, we must choose the right moment. On the other hand, work within institutions must also be coordinated because Kosovo meets all the criteria and standards to become a member”, he said.

Meanwhile, experts of political developments in Kosovo, say that this is not the right moment for Kosovo to submit its application in the European Council.

Political analyst, Vilhard Shala, told IBNA that the failure to vote the Special Tribunal in the Parliament of Kosovo may damage this process.

The creation of the Special Tribunal follows a report of the European Council, which casts serious doubts for the involvement of several members of KLA in war crimes, during the last war in Kosovo. According to him, Kosovo has been given tasks by the European Commission and if they are not delivered, they may damage the process of accession.

Shala says that a country which aspires to become part of this organization, must respect human rights and liberties.

“I believe that application in the European Council must be made after the establishment of the Special Tribunal by the Parliament of Kosovo”, Shala says.

So far, Kosovo has the support of two thirds of member countries to become a member of this organization. /ibna/