“The United States and other Western countries swiftly condemned a move in Kosovo to scrap a war crimes court, warning that if successful, it would hamper efforts for Euro-Atlantic integration.’It will be considered by the United States as a stab in the back. Kosovo will be choosing isolation instead of cooperation, and I have to say we would hate to turn the clock back for Kosovo on progress when it has come so far,’ U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Greg Delawie said Friday.The United States has been a key ally and financial backer of Kosovo since it broke away from Serbia and then declared independence in 2008. ‘Tonight could be Kosovo’s most dangerous night since the war,’’ British Ambassador Ruairi O’Connell said. Both ambassadors were at Kosovo’s Parliament building Friday. They and other Western ambassadors met Saturday behind closed doors with Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to discuss the issue, after 43 lawmakers moved to present a petition by former fighters of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which seeks to amend the 2015 law that governs the court. Haradinaj said Saturday that he would respect any decision by the parliament. Isa Mustafa, Kosovo’s former prime minister and an opposition leader, said the proposal was ‘devastating for our state and very damaging for justice.’ (VoA)

“Kosovo’s president has urged political parties to intensify efforts to ratify a border demarcation deal with Montenegro which is set as a precondition by the European Union for a visa-free regime for the country’s citizens. In his end-of-year speech to parliament Friday, Hashim Thaci urged all local actors to speed up efforts to find a solution ‘within the next weeks.’ ‘Without losing time we should ratify the border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Ratification of such a deal would give an end to the unfair isolation of the Republic of Kosovo’s citizens,’ said Thaci. The 2015 deal has been contested by the opposition, which says Kosovo is ceding territory — a claim denied by the previous government and international experts. The protesters disrupted parliamentary work, using tear gas canisters, blowing whistles and throwing water bottles.” (Washington Post)