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The Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj has announced that it is retiring. He said this on Friday, July 19, a statement posted on his page in Facebook.
“The reason for this decision was the call for questioning as a suspect to the Hague in the Special court for war crimes in Kosovo,” — said the politician. According to him, the honor of the Prime Minister and the government must be preserved, and that is why he will go to the Hague as a private person.
Haradinaj added that the government had continued to discharge their functions. He also urged the President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci to hold consultations with political parties and within the laws of time to appoint new elections.
The special court was established in 2016 to prosecute former members of the Kosovo Liberation army (KLA) for alleged war crimes during the struggle for independence of Kosovo from Serbia. He considers crimes against Serbs, Roma and Albanians committed in the period from 1998 to 2000.
According to TASS, the media wrote about the intention to indict Ramush Haradinaj and his brother Daut, Thaci and Parliament speaker Kadri Veseli and 60 members of the KLA.
In 2012 the Hague Tribunal for the second time acquitted Haradinaj, finding him not guilty on six counts, including that during the armed conflict of 1998-99, he and an accomplice had participated in brutal killings and torture of 39 people.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other countries refused to admit it. Serbia is the Autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija, what is the region in the Constitution, part of its territory. Negotiations between Belgrade and Kosovo ended in March 2017.
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