The European Union officials in Brussels have reacted on Thursday to statements of Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, who accused the international community for not keeping their promises after Kosovo agreed to establish unpopular war crimes court to prosecute and try alleged crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). In an answer to Gazeta Express the European Commission press office gives no significance to Thaci’s statements reminding him that Kosovars should do their homework in order to move forward the EU integration processes.
Kosovo President has on Monday accused internationals for not keeping their promises after the country established the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecution Office to prosecute and try Albanians in cases linked to Kosovo’s war. Attending a debate on Monday on the role of the Specialist Chambers, Thaci said 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.
But the European Commission, gave no significance to Thaci’s statement, reminding him that Kosovo should do more when it comes to fulfilling the remaining criteria on visa liberalisation, employment and dialogue with Serbia. In an answer to Express, the EC press office made it clear the challenges that Kosovo should face in order to move forward its EU integration agenda. “As reconfirmed by the European Council in March and in the recent state of the union speech by President Juncker, the entire Western Balkan region has the EU's unequivocal support for their enlargement perspective. As we said after the formation of the government in September, it is essential for Kosovo that necessary reforms on rule of law and economy are implemented immediately. Kosovo needs to enhance its competitiveness and create employment and opportunities for its people. It is essential that Kosovo delivers on visa liberalisation by moving effectively forward on the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro,” The EC statement reads.
Further the EC officials say that the new government should play an active role in the region and work together with Belgrade to ensure that a qualitative leap forward is made in the EU facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on comprehensive normalisation of relations. “All this is crucial for Kosovo to continue to make headway on its European path. Kosovo has no time to lose,” the EC says.
When asked to comment on President Thaci’s accusations towards international community, the EC stresses that the Specialist Chambers and the Special Prosecution Office are independent judicial institutions. “The objective behind the specific set up of these institutions is for them to be able to offer a dispassionate environment to the conduct of judicial proceedings resulting from the investigation by Special Prosecution Office. The EU has always welcomed the efforts and the decision of the Kosovo authorities to establish the Specialist Chambers and the Special Prosecution Office,” it is stated in a written statement of the EC press office sent to Gazeta Express.
Kosovo Assembly approved in 2015 with two third of votes the Constitutional amendments enabling establishment of the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecution Office. /Gazeta Express.