UN Secretary-General: Kosovo’s Thaci, Veseli obstruct Specialist Court’s work

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The UN Secretary-General accused Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci and the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli of obstructing the work of the Specialist Court for Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) 1998-1999 war and post-war crimes.

In his regular six-month report on the work of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to be discussed at the UN Security Council’s meeting on Wednesday, Antonio Guterres said that besides the coronavirus pandemic, political crisis and the announced indictment, Thaci and Veselji further agitated the already fragile political and security situation in Kosovo.

The report said that 189 people, most of them Serbs, have returned to Kosovo in the past six months, while just above 28,000 people have done it since the end of the war in 1999.

Guterres welcomed the resumption of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogueon the normalisation of relations, saying the process was boosted by new energy.

The previous Security Council session about UNMIK’s work was held online on April 24. Outgoing Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic will take part on Belgrade’s behalf at Wednesday’s video session.