Opposition: Kosovo is facing problems of crime and corruption

Opposition:  Kosovo is facing problems of crime and corruption

Pristina, May 27, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In their meetings with voters, opposition parties in Kosovo have launched strong accusations against the current prime minister, Hashim Thaci. According to them, organized crime is stopping the development of Kosovo and its accession in Euro Atlantic structures.

Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Isa Mustafa, declared today that the government that he will lead after June 8, will fight organized crime and corruption and will strengthen the rule of law and in coordination with strategic partners, it will give way to the Euro-Atlantic integration of Kosovo.

“Kosovo is facing problems of crime and corruption. Politics interferes with the judiciary system. Only EULEX has been dealing with people in power. Justice institutions which are under the influence of the government, have only jailed representatives of the opposition. These institutions have been treated by this government as an instrument at the service of their oligarchy and their businesses”, said Mustafa, reports IBNA’s correspondent.

According to him, it’s sufficient to analyze the entry of goods that evade customs fees from the north. “This product has ended up in the south of Kosovo, in the hands of an Albanian-Serb criminal ring, of which people from this government have benefited”, said Mustafa.

He said that the next government which will be led by LDK, will be engaged to orientate Kosovo toward Europe and the eternal friendship with USA, because this is the natural orientation of the citizens of Kosovo.

Skender Hyseni, former foreign minister, has said that the next government of Kosovo will have a strategic action plan in order to improve the image of our country in the international arena and to establish a strategic partnership in order to meet these objectives.

“One of the main goals of the next government will be to consolidate the state and its full integration. This government has strengthened Resolution 1244 by accepting the footnote, but with LDK in power, a lot of efforts will be made until this resolution is abrogated, in order to give way to the integrating perspective and accession in regional and international institution as a separate subject”, said Hyseni.

Meanwhile, vice chairman of AAK, Ardian Gjini says that under AAK’s government, corruption in Kosovo will be taken care of within a week.

“Corruption in the government can be taken care of within a week. Changes will happen within this year if we will govern and they will never happen if this government continues to be in power”, said Gjini. Ardian Gjini says that AAK will not change the country’s direction toward Europe, but the policies that lead toward Europe.

“In a country where justice has failed, then the government cannot talk about integration in the European Union”, said Gjini.

Self Determination has published the measures that this subject will take in the fight against corruption and organized crime, if it will be in power after the June 8 parliamentary elections.

Leader of Self Determination, Albin Kurti declared that with the changes that will be made, fight against corruption will be more efficient.

Kurti said that the first pillar of the governing alternative offered by Self Determination is the rule of law. “We believe that justice is the foundation of a republican state and Self Determination government will be the one which will free the judiciary system from the government and which will guarantee justice in a republic and rights of the citizens. All of those who have embezzled, poorly managed funds and public assets, all of those that have stolen budget funds and damaged public interest, will be held accountable before justice”, added Kurti.

Meanwhile, prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci believes that the government that he leads has been the most efficient one in the region in terms of the fight against corruption.

Corruption in Kosovo has been fought more than in any other country of the region, and even European countries.”, said he. As far as the liberalization of the visa regime is concerned, Thaci blamed Brussels, which according to him, has delayed this process. /ibna/