Kosovo’s president has called an international war crimes court with jurisdiction over potential Kosovar suspects a “historical injustice” and said the government only reluctantly accepted it as the “price for its liberty.”
Hashim Thaci, speaking to the Associated Press on February 14 ahead of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia, criticized the Netherlands-based court, saying it was akin to establishing a tribunal to judge Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis in World War II.
“Kosovo held a defensive war for its existence as a nation and attacked no one,” he said. “We have nothing to hide.”
Under U.S. and European pressure, Kosovo’s government agreed in 2015 to set up the Kosovo war crimes court, known as the Special Chambers, to confront allegations that fighters with the Kosovo Liberation Army committed war crimes against ethnic Serbs from 1998 to 2000. The court, located in The Hague, has yet to hear any cases.
U.S Ambassador to Kosovo Greg Delawie said on February 14 the court was meant to provide justice to the victims.