Vice President of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Kosovo Ulrike Lunacek welcomed the release of Ramush Haradinaj and urged the EU to compel Serbia to withdraw “outdated arrest warrants”, as a condition for the continuation of the Brussels dialogue.

“The existence of the obsolete international arrest warrant issued by Serbia in 2004, which currently conducts a dialogue with Kosovo under the auspices of the EU, is completely unacceptable”, she said.

Haradinaj was tried twice, in 2008 and in 2012 before the International Court in The Hague and was acquitted of war crimes, says the statement issued by Lunacek.

She called High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini and all 28 members of the EU, especially the 23 states that recognized Kosovo, to send a clear message to Serbia that outdated arrest warrants should be withdrawn.

“This is an important condition for the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which is conducted under the auspices of the EU and the principles of good neighborly relations”, concluded Ulrike Lunacek.