Kosovo Fund for Humanitarian Law (FHPK) said on Friday that what Pristina’s Parliament called Serbia’s genocide in Kosovo did not correspond with any legal document 20 years after the armed conflict there, the Beta news agency reported.
FHPK recalls that the International Criminal Court has never used the word genocide in verdicts passed on six Serbia’s officials for crimes committed in Kosovo, describing them as crimes against humanity and violations of laws and customs of war committed as a part of what is known as the joint criminal enterprise.
“Kosovo’s Parliament, as the highest legislative institution, should above all be very careful in legal qualifications, FHPK said in a statement.
It added the word genocide had not been mentioned in any other verdicts by international or local courts and thus should not be used in such resolution.
“Before passing such resolution, Kosovo’s Parliament should check in details all claims about the crimes mentioned in the document. If the resolution contains some arbitrary information, the whole document may be discredited,” the statement warned, adding that not all crimes inserted into the resolution were based on evidence or facts.
Such resolution won’t bring justice to victims, the statement said.
It added that instead of putting conditions to Serbia, Kosovo’s Parliament should, together with other institutions, seek the cooperation with Serbia to intensify criminal investigations into the crimes and those responsible and confirmed all the facts about war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.”