Kosovo President Hashim Thaci resigned on Thursday 5 November to face an indictment from a court in The Hague for war crimes.
The rebel leader declared his resignation at a news conference in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, during the country’s war for independence from Serbia in the 1990s. He said that he was taking the move “to defend the integrity of Kosovo ‘s presidency.”
At a press conference in the capital of Pristina, he stated;
“I will cooperate closely with justice. I believe in truth, reconciliation and the future of our country and society.”
Thaci was convicted by a special court in Kosovo located in The Hague, Netherlands, which was set up to prosecute former ethnic Albanian rebel leaders for alleged crimes.
The former prime minister, who has been president since 2016, has long insisted on his innocence over a war that is considered by many Kosovars to be an “only” fight for their freedom from the tyranny of Serbia.
Serbia does not accept the 2008 declaration of independence issued by Kosovo. In an attempt to normalize relations and open the door to EU membership, Serbia and Kosovo have been engaged since 2011 in negotiations brokered with the European Union.
Three other former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) officers who fought for Serbia’s independence were charged with war crimes by a court and an associated special prosecutor’s office set up five years ago.
Exact details of the 10-count indictment have not been reported against Thaçi, Veseli and others.