quarta-feira, 5 de agosto de 2015

Kosovo's Parliament approves Court for war crimes

Kosovo has been under pressure from the United States, the UN and the European Union Parliament to investigate these charges, an argument raised before the members before the vote.

One of the first tasks of the Court will be to establish an inquiry to verify the charges presented in the report "Marty", published in 2010 by the Council of Europe.

The report reveals serious abuses committed by members of the KLA on about 500 Serbs and Roma prisoners during the war, referring to the suspected trafficking in human organs taken from the victims.

The document evoked the involvement of Hashim Thaçi, former separatist Albanian politician and current Minister of Foreign Affairs. Thaçi, who has denied these allegations, also called for the vote of members in favour of the Court:

"Thanks to this process we will advance together, regardless of political differences. And at the same time in close cooperation with the United States, the European Union and NATO. Dear legislators, appeal to the vote of all, so that it is created this special court. "

The former fighters of the Kosovo Liberation Army are still regarded as heroes by much of the kosovar Albanian population.

The conflict between Belgrade forces and armed Albanian separatists lasted from 1988 to 1989, and led to the involvement of NATO in the spring of 1999. The air strikes forced the withdrawal of Serbian forces and the Kosovo declared unilateral independence in February 2008.

The Court is expected to start work in early 2016.

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