Tuesday, March 08, 2005

NATO hails Kosovo PM's cooperation with UN tribunal

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on Tuesday hailed the decision of Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to cooperate with the UN tribunal in The Hague.

"I am confident that Ramush Haradinaj will, as he has announced, meet his obligations and cooperate fully with the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia," said de Hoop Scheffer in a written statement.

The UN tribunal said on Tuesday it brought up charges against Ramush Haradinaj with war crimes in Kosovo, and Haradinaj resigned on Tuesday and is set to fly to The Hague on Wednesday.

The chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said progress in Kosovo is being judged in its meeting the standards set by the international community.

"Cooperation with the Tribunal is one of those standards, and a responsible approach by Mr. Haradinaj and the people of Kosovo will be a positive signal in that regard," said de Hoop Scheffer.

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