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Kosovo to vote on allowing EU court enquiry into organ harvesting

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Kosovo to vote on allowing EU court enquiry into organ harvesting

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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, visiting the war graves of KLA fighters in the capital, Pristina, has said he will call parliament to vote on the creation of an EU-backed special court.

It will be charged with investigating claims that ethnic Albanian fighters harvested organs from Serbian bodies during the war in the 1990s. Thaci himself has been implicated in the accusations.

“It is an injustice for the sacrifice and struggle of Kosovo citizens, but the Kosovo parliament will respect the decisions and international standards and work to deepen the cooperation with the United States of America and the European Union,” he said.

He criticised the plan, which stems from a 2011 Council of Europe report by rapporteur Dick Marty, as an “insult”, but insisted parliament should vote on it next week. Refusal would lead to the case going to the UN Security Council.