Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 24, 2014)
Kosovo – Establishment of a special court (April 23, 2014)
France welcomes the Kosovo Parliament’s decision allowing the mandate of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) to be extended and a Kosovo special court to be established. This court is being established in response to the Council of Europe’s Marty report which, in 2011, implicated Kosovo’s political leaders.
With this decision, Kosovo agrees to embark on a legal process that will make it possible to respond in a credible and impartial way to serious allegations. This Kosovo court will enjoy the support of the EU and international judges. It will be tasked with investigating acts committed by individuals – and not with judging a people or the collective efforts toward liberation.
In this way, Kosovo shows that it is ready to close the painful chapter of the war, to contribute to regional reconciliation and to demonstrate its attachment to European values.