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US warns Kosovo that it will not block Russian war crimes prosecution push

The United States warned Kosovo that it would not block Russian attempts to establish a United Nations tribunal to investigate alleged war crimes by ethnic Albanian fighters, after Kosovo failed to establish a war crimes tribunal.

The US Embassy in Kosovo said it was "deeply disappointed" by the failure of Kosovo’s parliament to pass a vote that would have seen a special court set up to try former Albanian fighters with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) on charges of war crimes.

In a statement released on Saturday, the US warned that it would not try and obstruct Russian moves to set up a UN tribunal, having backed moves alongside the European Union to try former KLA cadres.

In 2010, the Council of Europe released a report claiming that Kosovo fighters had run a criminal ring in 1999 which included harvesting organs to be sold on the black market.

See our earlier posts:

Kosovo rejects war crimes court (27 Jun 2015)

Former Kosovan PM detained over war crimes allegations (18 Jun 2015)

UN envoy calls for Kosovo to set up war crimes court (28 May 2015)