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Decreeing of Serb judges for the north fails (Klan Kosova/Koha)

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The decreeing ceremony for Serb judges and prosecutors from the north of Kosovo set to take place today has failed, Klan Kosova reports. The judicial officials were supposed to take an arranged transport from Mitrovica to Pristina to attend the decreeing ceremony with President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, but failed to show up. The decreeing of Serb judges and prosecutors was scheduled to take place today to pave way for implementation of the justice agreement reached between Pristina and Belgrade in the framework of the dialogue for normalisation of relations.

In a statement to the press, Thaci blamed Serbia for the no-show of 42 judges and 14 prosecutors from the non-Albanian communities. “They were prevented by the Republic of Serbia from showing up for the sole aim of preventing their integration into Kosovo’s court and prosecutorial system,” Thaci said. Furthermore, he added, today’s failed arrival of judges and prosecutors is “yet another failure and incapacity of the EU as facilitator.” Despite this, Thaci pledged to continue efforts to ensure inclusiveness. “Republic of Kosovo has fulfilled its obligations in every aspect,” he stressed.

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