Pristina: Session on special court postponed

The Kosovo assembly has postponed a sitting on constitutional amendments that would allow for a special war crimes court for the former KLA to be formed.

Source: B92, Tanjug

The decision came at the request of Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), it was announced in Pristina on Friday.

It was said that the request came because members of the assembly have not received "materials from Brussels about the Special Court."

Earlier in the day, the PDK group in parliament held a meeting in which ten deputies said they would not vote in favor of the proposed amendments.

According to the Albanian language media in Pristina, "this influenced the PDK to suggest that the session be postponed indefinitely."

The same media previously reported that the assembly meeting may be postponed "due to great pressures, and simultaneous protests of former KLA fighters."

Leaders of Kosovo's institutions in the past pointed out on numerous occasions that Kosovo had taken on the obligation to carry out the decision to form the special court, in order to investigate the allegations from the Marty report.

The report filed in 2010 by then Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty mentions the ethnic Albanian KLA in the context of crimes that include kidnappings of Serb and other civilians and harvesting of their organs.

In order for the constitutional amendments to be adopted, two thirds of all MPs and two thirds of those representing minority communities must vote in favor.

International representatives have announced the possibility that the UN Security Council might set up the court, in the Kosovo assembly fails to do so.


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