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Specialist Chambers denies meeting with Serbian President

Specialist Chambers denies meeting with Serbian President GazetaExpress

Specialist Chambers of Kosovo refuted media reports that officials of this Court, established to try former KLA members on war crimes, have met Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Kosovo Liaison Officer to Belgrade, Valdet Sadiku, who citing its sources announced last Saturday that Vucic met officials of The Hague based court. Officials of the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Gazeta Express on Saturday that they are closely following this issue to determine whether such a meeting has really happened.  

Kosovo Liaison Officer to Belgrade, Valdet Sadiku, in a correspondence with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was leaked by meida on Saturday announced that representatives of the Specialist Chambers have stepped up their activities in Belgrade, including a meeting with Serbian President Vucic. The news went viral on Saturday. But spokeswoman of the Specialist Chambers, Avis Benes, told Gazeta Express that officials of this Court have not met Serbian President. “No official of the Specialist Chambers of Kosovo has met Serbian President, Vucic,” Benes told Express.  

Officials of the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also say that they have no official confirmation that Specialist Chambers representatives have met Serbian leaders in Belgrade.

Kosovo media published on Saturday two communications of Valdet Sadiku with the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he explains that Specialist Chambers officials have stepped up their activities in Serbia.  In his first letter, Valdet Sadiku, citing an unnamed source informed the Foreign Ministry that representatives of the Specialist Chambers met senior officials in Belgrade, including Vucic. According to Sadiku, Vucic promised to Specialist Chambers officials that the state of Serbia will do its best to offer support to this Court, either when it comes to offering logistic support or cooperation with Serbia’s institutions. However the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that Sadiku’s information is unconfirmed and Sadiku relies on anonymous sources. The Specialist Chambers which become fully operational last week is ready to receive the first indictments from the Specialist Prosecution Office. The Court has been established to try former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members on alleged war crimes or other crimes committed right after the war in Kosovo. /GazetaExpress/

    Date: 18 July 2017 19:08
    Author: GazetaExpress

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