From: Die Morina van Uijtregt
EU Missions in Kosovo Appreciate Kosovo Leaders Calls to Respect The Hague Court

The Heads of Mission of the European Union and of Member States have spoken on the cooperation with the Specialist Chambers by resigned president Hashim Thaci, former PDK leader Kadri Veseli, former MP Rexhep Selimi and former parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi.

“Moreover, we appreciate the addresses to the public yesterday by Mr Thaci and Mr Veseli, calling for respect of the judicial process,” says a joint statement issued on Friday.

The statements say that it reflects Kosovo’s responsibility and determination to respect the rule of law and hold individuals who may have engaged in unlawful acts to account, by adding that Kosovo needs to remain committed to the process.

“For the EU and its Member States, the respect of Rule of Law, democracy and Human Rights is the most crucial priority. For this reason, we have strongly supported the establishment of the Specialist Chambers, an integral part of Kosovo’s Rule of Law system, and will continue to do so until the Chambers’ mission, which Kosovo has also committed to, is fulfilled,” reads the statement.

“This is essential for the consolidation of Kosovo’s European perspective,” it adds.

Hashim Thaci who served as the political leader of Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the war, ex- KLA political spokesperson Jakup Krasniqi, ex- KLA commander Rexhep Selimi and one of the founders Kadri Veseli are now in detention facilities of the KSC in The Hague waiting to face charges on war crimes.

The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) charged the KLA senior figures with murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution, and torture against hundreds of Kosovo Albanians, Serbs, Roma, and other ethnicities.