Kosovo's president has called an worldwide war crimes court with jurisdiction over potential Kosovar suspects a "historical injustice" and said the government only reluctantly accepted it as the "price for its liberty".
In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia, Hashim Thaci slammed the court, based in The Hague, Netherlands, as akin to creating a court to judge Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis in World War II.
He also said that Kosovo should be ready also for "unpleasant issues" such as the Specialist Chambers which will deal with alleged crimes committed during the war.German FM who came to Kosovo after his visit to Belgrade, said that if Serbia wants to progress towards the European Union it should fulfil the set criteria for a rule of law state, and of course to accept the independence of Kosovo. "We have nothing to hide".
Kosovo's bloody war for independence ended with a 1999 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air campaign. The war left 13,000 dead and 20,000 Albanian women raped, according to Thaci.
As for the special court (Specialist Chambers) for the crimes committed by the KLA - of which he is a former leader - Thaci said this was "a historic injustice" that was created "for the sake of keeping the strategic partnership with the US, EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".
"The special court is not about whether the Kosovo Liberation Army struggle was right or not, if the KLA was good or was bad".
Some Kosovar lawmakers tried past year to amend the law and extend the court's jurisdiction over Serbs, their former adversaries in the war, but they appear to have stopped the efforts since.
Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, declared independence 10 years ago.