Opposition MPs boycotted Assembly’s Presidency urgent meeting late on Friday leading to collapse of an initiative of the ruling coalition MPs to repeal the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, established to investigate and try alleged crimes committed by former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
In an unexpected move 43 MPs of ruling coalition signed a petition on Friday asking for an extraordinary session of the Assembly to repeal the Law on Specialist Chambers with accelerated procedures. The move has angered foreign ambassadors who strongly condemned the initiative and warned of serious consequences for Kosovo. The Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli called cjhiefs of all caucuses represented to the Assembly to a meeting on Friday evening but the invitation was boycotted twice by opposition parties as the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Vetevendosje, and Srpska Lista boycotted the meetings. Veseli adjourned the meeting without clarifying what will happen with the initiative. Vetevendosje’s chief of caucus, Glauk Konjufca, adressing journalists from the Assembly’s building called the initiative as a fraud scheme and a political game of ruling coalition leaders. He said that the Vetevendosje is against the Special Court noting however abrogating the law requires amendment of the Constitution and cannot be repealed or amended with a law.
The initiative which came after KLA veterans handed over a petition to the Assembly asking amendment of the war crimes court Law, was reportedly supported by three top leaders of Kosovo – President hashim Thaci, Speaker Kadri Veseli, and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. Late on Friday Kosovo PM Haradinaj met President Thaci to discuss this issue. After almost two hour meeting none of them made a public statement on the initiative.