Kosovo PM Haradinaj resigns after summon from Hague court

Kosovo PM Haradinaj resigns after summon from Hague court

The reason for this decision appears to be an invitation by the Special Tribunal in the Hague for a questioning as suspect for war crimes.

A European Union-facilitated dialogue to normalize ties between Kosovo and Serbia stalled past year after Haradinaj won approval for a 100% tax on imported Serb goods until Belgrade recognizes Pristina.

The outgoing head of government added that it is now up to Kosovo's president to begin consultations for the date of the elections. "I will perform my duties and defend Kosovo as a warrior of my country", he said.

Mr Haradinaj said he would be questioned next week. This is the second time he has had to resign as prime minister.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci now has to call new elections within 45 days, after which the elections must be held within another 45 days.

Mr Haradinaj served as a commander of the KLA all over the warfare with Serbia.

The resignation comes amid growing tensions with Serbia as the EU-mediated dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade has been in stalemate for months.

Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj speaks during a press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, July 19, 2019.

"Haradinaj has become an insurmountable obstacle for any further talks between Belgrade and Pristina", Drecun told Beta news agency. They have been frozen since November 2018 when Kosovo introduced a 100 percent trade tariffs on all products made in Serbia.

The court, which is part of the Kosovo judicial system despite being based in the Netherlands, started questioning former Kosovo fighters this year.

Thaci said Friday that one of his advisers, Bislim Zyrapi, and other former top KLA commanders also were to be questioned at the Hague.

More than a half of Kosovo's citizens, frustrated with slow progress toward European Union entry and years of delays of visa liberalization, unemployment and corruption, believe their country is on the wrong track, according to a survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute in March.

Married to a popular TV news anchor, Haradinaj has three children and speaks French and English as well as Albanian and Serbian.

The Kosovo war - the last conflict in the former Yugoslavia - claimed more than 13,000 lives. The group fought against Serbian authorities in a violent war that was only ended after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation launched a 77-day air campaign against Serbia.

A 2011 council report reported allegations that included the trafficking of human organs from prisoners and killings of Serbs and KLA members' fellow ethnic Albanians.

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