Kosovo govt. to "respect" resolution on dialogue suspension

The Kosovo Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution demanding a suspension of Pristina's negotiations with Belgrade.

Source: B92
(Beta/AP, file, illustration purposes)
(Beta/AP, file, illustration purposes)

According to the resolution, supported by 78 members of the assembly, and opposed by one, the negotiations should remain suspended "until Ramush Haradinaj has been set free."

The former KLA ("Kosovo Liberation Army") commander is currently in France, where he must stay until French judicial authorities decide on the extradition request filed by Serbia, where he is wanted on war crimes charges.

Haradinaj was arrested in France in early January on a Serbian arrest warrant and released a week later, when his passport was confiscated pending the outcome of legal proceedings. A decision on whether to extradite him to Serbia or release him is expected to be made on April 6.

The resolution that was passed in Pristina today was submitted by the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, a party led by Haradinaj, and supported by all other parliamentary group - except the Serb List, which is boycotting the work of the assembly.

Beside urging a suspension of the dialogue, the document, that has also been sent to the European Union, calls for "the canceling of all Interpol warrants issued for political figures from Kosovo, on the request of the aggressor state of Serbia."

Speaking later in the day, the Kosovo minister in charge of the dialogue, Edita Tahiri, said the government would "respect the resolution."

Also late on Thursday, the EU, which mediates in the dialogue, reacted with a statement issued by the European Commission.

It said the resolution "does not contribute to a normalization of relations and is not in line with the commitments continuously made by Kosovo," and added:

"Kosovo has always been firmly committed to the Dialogue and to a further normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, for the sake of its own people, and also because progress in the dialogue is a prerequisite for advancements on the EU path."

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