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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci charged with war crimes, White House cancels visit

The accusations against Taki explained Wednesday, by a special court in The Hague in the Netherlands.

According to the press release, the Prosecutor General’s office on April 24, Tajik, former President of the Kosovo Assembly Kadri Veseli and others, “various crimes against humanity and war crimes are murder, forced disappearance, persecution and torture.”

The court added that the pre-trial judge had reviewed the indictment “to decide whether to approve the accusations” or not.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia ten years after the start of the bloody clash between Serbian forces and Kosovo-Albanian rebels. The war from 1998 to 1999 killed thousands of people and Approximately 90% of Kosovo’s population.

Taki stood out as one of the leading figures in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) between 1997-1999 and took part in peace negotiations.

His transition from a revolutionary to a politician led him to become Prime Minister when independence was finally declared. He was elected President in February 2016.

In Wednesday’s indictment, Thaci, Veseli and other criminal suspects are alleged to be criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders. I said.

CNN reached the offices of the head of the Crown and Kosovo Democratic Party Veseli to comment.

Vlora Çitaku, US Ambassador to Kosovo a tweet “When the dust collapses and the smoke clears, #KLA will continue to be the most successful liberation movement in modern history.”

Kosovo Chamber of Experts (KSC) and Prosecutor’s Office (DPT) were established to have jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Kosovo conflict between January 1998 and December 2000.

Thaci would visit the White House to meet with Serbian representatives, but after the SPO announced, the US Special Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo Peace Negotiation Representative Richard Grenell tweeted on Wednesday.

According to the U.S. State Department, the United States is among more than 100 countries that recognize Kosovo as an independent, sovereign state. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.

“I respect the decision of these allegations not to participate in the discussion until the legal problems of these claims are resolved.” Said. He added that Kosovo envoy Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will head the discussions on Saturday.

However, Hoti, who took office only three weeks ago, said on Thursday that he cannot go to Washington in light of developments in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina.

“Only through dialogue can we resolve disputes that have resulted in mutual recognition and normalization of relations with Serbia. My government does not interpret issues related to the Special Chambers. Kosovo will fully respect its international obligations.” she tweeted.
Kosovo government Statement “He believes that no one should be deemed guilty without a final decision by the court,” and called on all citizens to remain calm.

“The government believes that the war of the people of Kosovo and the Liberation Army of Kosovo is fair and freedom, and therefore should remain the most important period in the history of the country.” Said.

Taki’s official website approved He said that his visit to Washington was canceled due to his indictment, but he did not comment on the allegations against him.

The DPT statement points out that the indictment is only an accusation – but it adds that “it is the result of a long investigation and that DPT is determined to prove all charges beyond reasonable doubt.”

The DPT also states that it has been publicly announced in the indictment because Thaci and Veseli have repeatedly allegedly tried to “prevent and weaken” the work of the court.

“It is believed that he carried out a secret campaign to overthrow the law that constituted the Court and otherwise prevented the Court from working to ensure that they did not face justice. He put his personal interests (Crown and Veseli) in front of the victims of their crimes, the rule of law and the people of Kosovo,” he said.

CNN’s Niamh Kennedy contributed to this report.

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