Kosovo initiates establishment of the War Crimes Research Institute

Kosovo Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, attended Monday the first meeting of the Working Group tasked to establish the War Crimes Research Institute.

PM Kurti has stated that it will be difficult to address all crimes committed in Kosovo and asked for all institutions' support to make this happen.

“Last year we met to discuss the composition of a preparatory team, and today we are continuing the second phase where this team is tasked to draft a document on the establishment of the War Crimes Research Institute,” Kurti said.

Minister of Justice, Albulena Haxhiu, said that previous governments lacked political willingness in addressing war crimes, adding that the government’s support for the institute will never be spared. “The preparatory team will work on addressing earlier shortcomings and we will try not to make the same mistakes and focus to move forward. The Assembly of Kosovo has approved amendments aimed at removing all legal obstacles to the work of the Institute. Also, an additional budget will be allocated to Kosovo’s Special Prosecution enabling them to increase the number of prosecutors dealing with war crime cases,” Haxhiu said.