Saturday, March 12, 2005

Kosovo Speaker asks UNMIK to guarantee Haradinaj's release on bail

Kosova [Kosovo] Assembly Chairman Nexhat Daci asked today the head of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo], Soeren Jessen-Petersen, to provide all the guarantees for a granted release for Ramush Haradinaj.

On behalf of the assembly, Daci asked Jessen-Petersen, as an authority with a special mandate in Kosova, to provide all the guarantees for a granted release for Ramush Haradinaj to Kosova.

"Mr Ramush Haradinaj with his work in Kosova institutions proved a special zeal for obeying the law and democratic procedures," said Daci in the request addressed to the head of UNMIK." Daci says that Haradinaj is and will remain responsive to the law.

"Honoured Mr Petersen, the Kosova Assembly believes that a granted release to Ramush Haradinaj, who was twice in a row, with the votes of the citizens, elected as a member of this parliament, would advance all the processes in Kosova, for which we have an extraordinary engagement of the whole international community, in particular of the mission that you lead," reads the letter.

As the parliament speaker said, this would impact very well in the political entity lead by Haradinaj as well as in the overall politic and security situation.

Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, according to Daci, with no influence, soon as he received the information about the indictment raised by the International Tribunal in the Hague, within a few hours resigned, which left a free way for the Kosova institutions and the international mission to proceed with their work.

Haradinaj with his departure the next day, with his statement addressed to the citizens, as Daci said, he accomplished a good work that impacted and will impact positively on the general politic and security goings-on in Kosova and the region.

Haradinaj's readiness to refrain from saying anything to the public regarding the indictment and the process, Daci says, is an evidence that he is determined to respect the law and the Hague tribunal, and to face the justice without any interest for any side, politics or any other, influence neither in the evidence nor in the process.

"A granted release of Ramush Haradinaj, in harmony with the guarantees issued by you, would be another evidence of the stability created in Kosova, of your successful mission, and of the elected Kosovo institutions. It would be an acknowledgements that the reality and the people of Kosova are an ordinary country with rule of law and order," said Daci in the end of his letter, which was sent to chief administrator Soeren Jessen-Petersen.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 11 Mar 05

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