According to Ramush Haradinaj, President Aleksandar Vucic and Acting PM Ivica Dacic “should apologize to Kosovo because of crimes committed during the war.”
Haradinaj, who is a candidate to become Kosovo’s prime minister after the early election later this month, said this in an interview for Germany’s Deutsche Welle, cited by Beta agency on Wednesday.
“I knew also their bosses (Slobodan) Milosevic and (Vojislav) Seselj. They are their students. They should stand before Albanians with their heads bowed down, considering what they did to them. Apologizing is the first this they should do,” said Haradinaj.
He also announced that the agreement on the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO) – reached during the EU-sponsored Belgrade-Pristina negotiations in Brussels would not be implemented, “because the Constitutional Court of Kosovo confirmed that this agreement was not in the spirit of the Constitution.”
“After the Constitutional Court’s decision we should be disciplined and implement the Constitution. Our Constitution envisages the possibility of organizing associations that can be only coordinative organs, but not organs that can make decisions and have executive powers,” said Haradinaj.
He added that Pristina “will not barter with ZSO’s powers in exchange for creating the Kosovo army.”
“The logic that has been in place thus far is finished. A new policy of ruling will begin in Kosovo, we will not be anyone’s hostages,” said Haradinaj.
Acting Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday the only reason to apologize to Ramush Haradninaj would be if he did not receive regular meals in prison.
“A man for whom there are tons and tons of evidence that he took part in the gravest crimes committed against Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija now wants Serbia to apologize,” Dacic said in his reaction, given to Sputnik.
“We should apologize to whom? To Haradinaj, who belongs in prison, serving a long sentence? We should apologize for what? For not giving up on showing the whole world that he, who has participated in crimes, must be prosecuted and end up behind bars?,” Dacic asked.
Perhaps, he continued in the same tone, we should apologize for Haradinaj’s message that he would, if he becomes prime minister, continue to do what he was doing as a member of the terrorist KLA, and expand “the Greater Albania” all the way to Nis.
“The only apology we could give afterwards, as a country that respects the rights of inmates, is if he did not have regular meals in Zabela, or some other prison,” Dacic concluded.
Vucic also reacted, when asked for comment during a news conference.
“What should I apologize for. I didn’t commit crimes. He (Haradinaj) committed crimes. He and his men were slaughtering, murdering, beheading,” Vucic said, and continued:
“An odd sense of humor – I have no idea what he’s talking about.”
According to Vucic, criminals seek to find excuses for themselves in something somebody else had supposedly done, that is not true.
“I better not say what I think about that, because I’ll end up saying all kinds of things,” Vucic concluded.