EU says acquittal "won't have impact" on dialogue

BRUSSELS -- The EC has acknowledged the acquittal of Ramush Haradinaj and stressed that it was "now crucial to continue the process of reconciliation and cooperation".

(Beta/AP, file)
(Beta/AP, file)

This was stated by EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule, said his spokesperson Peter Stano.

Stano said that the Hague Tribunal (ICTY) is "an independent institution", and that its rulings are "as a rule, not commented in Brussels".

"However, I would like to underline how important it is in this context for the partners in the western Balkan region to continue to work on reconciliation and strengthening of good neighborly relations," Stano said.

He said that Thursday's verdict "will not have a considerable impact" on the Belgrade-Priština dialogue, the new round of which is scheduled for December 4.

"The dialogue is future-oriented, and I do not see any link to Thursday's verdict," Stano said, adding that the EC will continue to encourage both parties to carry on their engagement with a view to achieving the necessary results.

The ICTY acquitted on Thursday a former commander of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Ramus Haradinaj on all counts of the indictment. The ethnic Albanian was undergoing a retrial on charges of war crimes committed against Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo.