Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci continues to obstruct the work of based in The Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers (SC) and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) for Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) crimes allegedly committed between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2000, Pristina’s Koha Ditore reported on Thursday citing the exchange of letters between Thaci and the US State Secretary Mike Pompeo.
The daily said it obtained Pompeo’s answer to Thaci’s letter in which he expressed concern about the work of SC, and warned Thaci about the consequences Kosovo could have if it obstructed the work of SC.
“The abolishment or undermining the work, structure or locations of Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in any way would seriously infringe Kosovo’s credibility in the world. Any such claim would leave a permanent spot on Kosovo, its commitment to the rule of law would be under question, justice for victims would be denied and Kosovo’s future would be blurred,” Pompeo wrote according to the copy of the letter published by the daily.
The daily also said that the SC work in current format was the best way for Kosovo to shut down that period in its history and give the US arguments to confront those who denied Kosovo’s statehood.
By the end of 2017, Thaci, the then Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli submitted the motion for the abolishment of the SC in Kosovo’s Parliament.
The then opposition didn’t support the motion.
Following the international, above all the US pressure and threats, the three gave up the idea, and it had never been on the Parliament’s agenda.
Veseli and Haradinaj were summoned and interrogated as suspects by the SPO, Koha reported.
At a news conference after a visit to the US, Thaci denied he had given statement either in Pristina or Vienna.
The SPO has interrogated over 250 former KLA members as witnesses or suspects so far.