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Kosovo leaders are not giving up plans to repeal war crimes court law

Kosovo leaders are not giving up plans to repeal war crimes court law GazetaExpress

Kosovo main leaders – President Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, and Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli, are not giving up on their plans to abrogate the war crimes court law. Despite warning of international community to stop the initiative for repealing the law, Kosovo leaders continue backing the initiative launched by 43 ruling MPs to repeal the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecution Office, which will deal with alleged crimes committed by the KLA during Kosovo war. Gazeta Express got hold of a document of the Assembly’s Presidency confirming that the request of MPs to repeal the Law is expected to be discussed during Wednesday’s meeting.

Assembly’s Presidency meeting was initially scheduled for Monday (15) January, but it has been postponed until 17 January. However, the efforts to abolish the Law, launched by 43 Kosovo MPs on 22 December and backed by Kosovo main leaders, are ongoing. On the night of 22 December, 43 MPs of the ruling coalition in a surprising move collected signatures and asked the Assembly’s Presidency to call an extraordinary session of the Assembly to revoke the Law. But the initiative collapsed due to lack of quorum after opposition MPs boycotted the meeting. The Presidency of Assembly needs majority of votes of all its members in order to approve the agenda of the plenary session.

The Assembly of Kosovo on Friday issued a press release announcing that a new meeting will take place on 15 January, but they did not publish the agenda of the topics expected to be discussed. Gazeta Express got hold of the agenda showing that among proposals expected to be discussed and approved is also the request for abrogation of the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecution Office.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj stated recently that they would respect every decision coming from MPs, implying that they support abrogation of the Law if voted by MPs. The Speaker of Assembly, in an op/ed published on Monday stated that the special court is inevitable and cannot be stopped. On Friday the EU Office in Kosovo and diplomatic missions of the EU in Kosovo issued a joint press release calling on MPs to give up on their initiative and warning that Kosovo will face serious consequences if it continues efforts to repeal the law. /GazetaExpress/

    Date: 13 January 2018 13:46
    Author: GazetaExpress