Pros and cons of the approval of the Special Court on war crimes in Kosovo

Pros and cons of the approval of the Special Court on war crimes in Kosovo

IBNA Special Report

Parliament of Kosovo is expected to hold debates on the issue of the Special Court for war crimes and the continuation of EULEX new mandate.

Speaker of parliament, Jakup Krasniqi told IBNA that the abovementioned issues may be introduced in the order of the day if they are voted by two thirds of MPs.

“Based on the regulation, every material that arrives, must wait 10 days and after 10 days, it becomes part of the plenary proceedings, but in this case, it can even be discussed tomorrow and for this, we must veer the regulation”, declared Krasniqi.

According to him, in order to achieve this, first, one of the parliamentary groups must propose it and then, two thirds of the votes are needed in order to introduce it in the order of the day.

Meanwhile, as far as the approval of the Court is concerned, almost all political parties have been in favor, with the exemption of Self Determination.

Association of the Veterans of Kosovo’s Liberation Army and the Council for the Protection of Human Rights object the establishment of the court in question. Prime minister of Kosovo and leader of PDK, Hashim Thaci, says that his party will vote in favor of the continuation of EULEX mandate and the establishment of the Special Court on War Crimes.

“Democratic Party of Kosovo, the steering committee and the parliamentary group have a unique political stance and will vote tomorrow in favor of the letter exchange of the President with Baroness Ashton, which directly relates to the process of the transition of EULEX and the creation of the Special Court”, said Thaci.

Meanwhile, speaking on the Special Court, the head of LDK, Isa Mustafa says that this is an issue which cannot be negotiated, because there were two alternatives: the court could be established by the parliament of Kosovo or it could be established by UNO Security Council upon Russia’s initiative.

He said that it has been decided for parliament to create this Court and not to leave it to the UN.

The leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), Ramush Haradinaj said that his party will in principle vote in favor of continuing EULEX’s mandate and the creation of the Special Court on War Crimes.

Haradinaj says that although AAK doesn’t agree on the creation of the Special Court, this party will vote in favor of this institution.

Sources from Self Determination told IBNA that the creation of the Tribunal on war crimes in Kosovo will seriously damage Kosovo in the international aspect and at the same time, it will damage the image of Albanians and KLA.

Against this incentive is also the Association of the Veterans of Kosovo’s Liberation Army. The head of this association, Muharrem Xhemajli says that the political class in Kosovo has responsibility for the creation of the Special Court which is expected to deal with war crimes. He says that there will soon be a decision for further steps that will be taken in order to object the approval of this court by parliament.

“To us, every court which is created outside domestic institutions, is unacceptable. If there are facts and evidence that a member of KLA has broken the laws of war, then let domestic courts handle it. We’re not against justice. The Albanian political spectrum is to be blamed for this”, says he.

The Council for the Protection of Human Rights in Kosovo says that this court is against KLA, it’s biased and makes selective justice.

“This Special Court against KLA suggests a “justice” exclusively based on ethnicity by only investigating Albanians and this is unacceptable both in the legal aspect and the moral one too, in particular in the aspect of human rights. This court also undermines the role of international courts (Tribunal of Hague, courts led by UNMIK and EULEX), while as far as domestic courts are concerned, it defactorizes them and degrades them”, says the Council for the Protection of Human Rights in Kosovo. /ibna/