Kosovo Parliament Prepares Draft Resolution Against Serbia “for Genocide Committed in 1998-1999”

The ad hoc committee of the Kosovo parliament has prepared a draft resolution by which the authorities in Belgrade will be requested to “admit to the committed genocide” in Kosovo during 1998-1999, Radio Television Serbia (RTS) reported.

In the news which was carried by the majority of Belgrade media, the RTS reported on the summary of the resolution published by Pristina daily Koha Ditore.

                In the draft, it is stated that Belgrade needed to cooperate so as to punish those responsible for the crimes and compensate for the inflicted damages, and the draft resolution contains details about Serbian crimes, the legal grounds, and findings, adds this daily.

It is expected that the authorized committee will this week approve this document and then submit it to parliament so as to be discussed at one of the plenary sessions.

The daily reports the opinions of the former associates of the War Crimes Research Institute, according to whom in Pristina “they have sufficient evidence to prove Serbia’s genocide”.

MPs of the Kosovo parliament had, in mid-April, formed an ad hoc committee for issues of “war crimes and the genocide of Serbia in Kosovo”, i.e. one that would work on comprising a resolution on war crimes which Serbia had committed in Kosovo.

The ruling Social Democratic Initiative (NISMA) of Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Limaj proposed the initiative. The Head of the MP caucus of the NISMA group Bilal Sherifi said at the time that the resolution was modeled on the resolution of the European Parliament on Srebrenica and that the resolution of the Kosovo parliament would serve as a basis for other acts.

Upon the forming of the parliamentary board, the Kosovo Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli said that the goal of this resolution was for it to be followed by new steps, specifically the forming of “an international tribunal for Serbia’s crimes”, writes Kosovo portal in Serbian language Kossev.

                Even though the Kosovo parliament is not a parliament of an international body, and thereby does not have the authority to form an international court, such a decision was indeed brought on Monday in the form of a resolution, cites the portal.