Kosovo’s EU future at risk in war crimes dispute

With Kosovo’s ruling coalition eyeing breaking off cooperation with the EU-organized Kosovo war crimes court in The Hague, the U.S. and EU states are warning Pristina that it would face severe consequences relating to its Euro-Atlantic integration if it were to walk away from the tribunal, EU Observer reports. Balkan media have speculated that both Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Daut Haradinaj, an MP and the brother of PM Ramush Haradinaj, could face prosecution for alleged crimes committed as KLA members. Both Thaci and PM Haradinaj are opposed to the existence of the tribunal, and Haradinaj’s party has tried to overturn a law requiring Pristina to cooperate with the court. Including the war crimes court row, Pristina now has three ongoing disputes with Brussels — the other two being Kosovo’s stalled border demarcation deal with Montenegro and the proposed association of Serb municipalities in Kosovo.

 

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