Kosovo, last October 6, went to the polls for parliamentary elections anticipated caused by the resignation of the former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj. Preliminary results awarded the Vetëvendosje movement with the 25,49% of votes, followed by the LDK with the 24,82% of the votes and the Democratic Party with the 21,24%.
Pending the official results, the Vetëvendosje movement is currently agreeing with the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) the formation of the coalition government that, in all probability, will see Albin Kurti as a prime minister.
When he was part of the opposition, the leader of Vetëvendosje had insisted on a different approach of Kosovo to the dialogue, mediated by the EU, with Serbia which included discussing issues related to the war in Kosovo.
Question reiterated in the last interviews released to the Kosovar and international media: Kosovo, in his opinion, should aim to question the war allowance in dialogue by asking for compensation to Serbia for human crimes and material damage caused during the 1998 war -1999.
"I am the first prime minister to officially ask for the war allowance. Serbia owes us billions and we have an obligation towards all the martyrs and over 1000 children who have been killed in this country."- declared Kurti for News24.
The same Kurti has been in Tirana for the last few days for to celebrate the victory of his party and to meet the Albanian premier Edi Rama, with whom he discussed of numerous themes concerning the two countries.
The war allowance
Kosovo and Serbia have signed numerous agreements over the past eight years - on issues such as energy, free movement and mutual recognition of educational diplomas - but have never addressed issues related to the war in Kosovo.
Bekim Blakaj, executive director of the humanitarian law center of Kosovo (an NGO that deals with the implementation of a justice framework focused on victims in Kosovo) considers it impossible to address war-related issues as there is no adequate documentation regarding the damage caused.
"It is necessary to document all the crimes and damages caused by the Serbian forces in Kosovo. None of the crimes committed by the Serbian armies will be declared as such without a judicial process that will bring sentences against those who have planned war crimes in Kosovo. " - said Blakaj for BIRN.
For Blakaj, an eventual war allowance would be possible only if both parties agreed to cooperate to incriminate those who committed war crimes.
The very fragile relations between Kosovo and Serbia were again cracked last November when the Kosovar government imposed duties on goods imported from Serbia for 100% of their value. The decision - still in force. - arrived as a result of Kosovo's failure to enter Interpol, which for the Kosovar government was the result of pressure from the Serbs, opposed to the initiative.
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