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The President of Kosovo is ready to resign because of accusations of crimes

The President of the breakaway Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci declared that he would resign if the Special court for crimes in the Hague approves indictment against him for war crimes 1998-1999.

Thaci had earlier cancelled his visit to Washington on June 27 for talks with the leadership of Serbia after the indictment of the Special Prosecutor of international court for crimes in Kosovo (SPO) in the Hague of committing war crimes in 1998-1999.

"If the indictment is approved by the court, I will resign. Kosovo needs to ensure stable functioning of government agencies in all circumstances. Only United we can move forward," Thaci said in an address to the citizens on Radio and television of Kosovo and added that he would start consultations with political parties.

During 2018-2019, up to 200 former fighters of the Kosovo Albanian "Kosovo Liberation army" was called to testify in the war crimes cases in the Hague. Among them - the former field commander and former Premier Ramush Haradinaj, who, on 19 July 2019 resigned and then voluntarily went to the Hague, but used the right to remain silent, and then returned to Pristina.

In the Netherlands you have previously created a Special international court and the Special Prosecutor for crimes in Kosovo in 1998-1999, reported willingness to work in July 2017. The starting point of their action was the report of the special representative of the Council of Europe dick Marty in 2010, is devoted to crimes of the KLA. Among the most serious of cases - drug trafficking, kidnapping, trafficking in organs. Spectacular Jack Smith in late October of 2018 visited Pristina, but before any charges was not nominated.

In 1999, armed confrontation between the Albanian separatists of the "Kosovo Liberation army" and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (then consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) NATO forces. Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina on 17 February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other States.