Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has reacted three days after media reports that he accused the international community of not keeping their promises after Kosovo agreed to establish the war crimes court expected to prosecute and try former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members. Thaci says he was “deliberately misquoted” and decided to publish his speech held on 9 October attending a debate on the role of the Court.
Attending a conference on the role of the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecution Office established to try former members of the KLA on alleged war crimes, Thaci delivered a speech and was later quoted by media criticising the international community for not keeping the promises after Kosovo has agreed to establish the COurt. Media quoted Thaci as saying among the things that international officials promised in return were to fast-track Kosovo for European Union and UNESCO membership and visa liberalization, and allow Kosovo to form its army. Three days after, President rebutted media reports and has decided to publish his speech noting that his statements were deliberately distorted.
His statements triggered reaction of international representatives, including US, UK, German embassies and the EU officials in Kosovo who denied any kind of bargaining with Thaci and Kosovo institutions in exchange with the establishment of the Special Court.