Kosovo: Prime minister to ask Serbia to pay war reparations

Kurti also announces criminal complaints against Belgrade

03 February, 18:00

    (ANSAmed) - PRISTINA, FEBRUARY 3 - Kosovo's prime minister elect, Albin Kurti of the Self Determination movement (VV), presented his programme in parliament on Monday along with the composition of his new government.

    He announced, among other things, that he plans to ask Serbia to assume its responsibilities for war crimes committed during the conflict at the end of the 1990s, with corresponding reparations for war damages.

    He said criminal complaints for genocide will be filed against Serbia and a special institute will be created to manage the process.

    Kurti, who is known for his hard and radical positions on Serbia, said he is ready to dialogue with Belgrade but it must take place with broad political consensus.

    The prime minister elect also announced the introduction of a mandatory three-month military draft and a law to take away illegally purchased properties.

    He said his government will focus on reforms to support economic development, job creation, justice and the fight against corruption.

    Kurti then presented his new government, which contains 15 ministers, two of whom are from Srpska Lista (Serb List), the largest party of the Serbian minority closely tied to Belgrade.

    The government will have two deputy prime ministers and 33 deputy ministers.

    The new foreign minister will be Glauk Konjufca from Kurti's Self Determination movement.

    To take on the role, Konjufca had to resign from his position as president of parliament.

    That post will now be taken up by a member of the Democratic League of Kosovo, a condition that was placed by the party's leader, Isa Mustafa, as part of a coalition agreement.


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