Wednesday 18 September 2019

Kosovo's leader claims international community has broken promises

Hashim Thaci is the president of Kosovo
Hashim Thaci is the president of Kosovo

Kosovo's president has accused the international community of not keeping a bargain after the country created an unpopular war crimes court to prosecute ethnic Albanians in cases linked to Kosovo's war.

Hashim Thaci said among the things that international officials promised in return was to fast-track Kosovo for European Union and Unesco membership and visa liberalisation, and allow Kosovo to form a military.

But Mr Thaci said on Monday that "the international community didn't realise any of them".

Kosovo's special court was inaugurated at The Hague last year, but it has not processed any cases.

About 10,000 people died and 1,700 went missing during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, which ended after Nato intervened on behalf of the Albanian majority.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, which Serbia has not recognised.


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