“Today’s scenes in the Assembly were unbecoming for a Parliament. I also find the personal attacks against FM Gervalla unacceptable,” Ambassador Rohde wrote.
MPs of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) in opposition clashed with the MPs of ruling party Vetevendosje. The heated debate prompted almost a physical clash after Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla accused the PDk of voting the establishment of Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) established to prosecute and try alleged crimes of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The Hague-based court has filed an indictment against former KLA leaders, including two former leaders of the PDK, Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli.
The debate was
reignited after media published a statement of Gervalla who in 2017 stated that
she would send materials to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) on alleged
crimes of certain individuals within the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
MPs on Thursday Gervalla has denied any cooperation with the KSC and reiterated
that The Hague based court was established by the PDK and its allies. Her
statements in the Assembly prompted reaction of the PDK MPs who interrupted the
session after an intense debate with the ruling MPs of Vetevendosje.
Ambassador in his statement posted on Twitter said that Germany, like all EU
member states, fully supports the Kosovo Parliament’s decision, passed by a two
third majority, to establish the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
impunity and investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity is part of
the Kosovar commitment to the rule of law. Germany is convinced that fighting
impunity through national and international criminal courts is part of a
responsible legal and foreign policy,” Rohde said.
“There can be no
lasting peace in a society without justice. We owe it also to the families of
the victims. It is important to support the important work of the KSC which is
enshrined in Kosovar law,” Ambassador Rohde said. /GazetaExpress/