Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, told the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) war veterans that he gave a one month deadline to the Prosecution office to investigate the list of KLA veterans, which many see as a suspiciously large amount of veterans.
Prime Minister and former KLA commander of the Dukagjini region, Ramush Haradinaj, received on Monday a group of KLA veterans who complainedto him for not receiving pensions as promised by the Government.
Haradinaj advised KLA veterans to address the Assembly related to revising of budget noting that he has fulfilled his obligation and approved the revised budget, which foresees payment of pensions for veterans.
According to KLA veterans, Haradinaj told them that he administered a one month deadline to the State Prosecution Office of Kosovo to investigate the KLA veterans’ list on potential errors in the verification process.
KLA veterans and representatives of civil society and politicans have complained that many people have conducted wrongdoings by giving false testimonies or by presenting fictitious and false documents in order to gain war veteran status.
After meeting Haraidnaj, veterans headed towards the Assembly building hoping to meet the Speaker of Assembly, Kadri Veseli who was also one of the senior commanders of the KLA during the war in Kosovo in 1998-99.
Pensions of the KLA veterans are seen as a serious burden for the budget of Kosovo, and the current list of over 46,000 KLA veterans creates a challenge for the Kosovo budget.