Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Kosovo's Surroi calls on international community to grant Haradinaj bail

Institution and political party leaders said today after a meeting with UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] chief Soeren Jessen-Petersen that they had expressed their regret over [ex-]Prime Minister [Ramush] Haradinaj's resignation. They also said that they praised Haradinaj's decision to cooperate with the Hague tribunal [International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY]. [Passage omitted: already covered reaction by President Rugova]

Bajram Kosumi, an AAK [Alliance for the Future of Kosovo] official, on the other hand, said that the developments surrounding Haradinaj were in accordance with the laws of Kosova and international law.

He added that Haradinaj should be proud of his entire career as a military man and politician.

"We are fully confident of Haradinaj's innocence and almost all Albanians would have liked to have a life story such as Haradinaj's - the life story of a war hero but also of a peace hero in the past five years," Kosumi said.

He added that he fully understood the anger that many Kosova citizens felt over this injustice to Haradinaj. However, according to him, he was going to The Hague, but he was going to return soon with his innocence established.

On the other hand, Veton Surroi, chairman of the Hour political party, said that Haradinaj had always been a man of peace and that his acts of resignation and cooperation with the Hague tribunal proved not only his maturity but also the maturity of Kosova as a whole.

"We have supported this and we have supported the fact that Kosova should cooperate with the Hague tribunal because war crimes have been committed in Kosova," he said and added that this was an issue of Haradinaj's personal dignity, which also affected the dignity of the whole of Kosova.

He said that he was going to raise in the parliament the issue of Haradinaj's release until trial.

"Kfor [Kosovo Force] and UNMIK should provide guarantees for Haradinaj's release until trial," Surroi said.

Source: Kosovapress news agency web site, Pristina, in Albanian 9 Mar 05

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