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UN envoy urges Kosovo to establish war crime court

UN envoy urges Kosovo to establish court to investigate war crimes by ethnic Albanian rebels

UN envoy urges Kosovo to establish war crime court

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. envoy for Kosovo is urging the government to move swiftly to establish a court to investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the country's 1998-88 war of independence from Serbia.

Farid Zarif told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday he underlined the expectations of the international community and possible victims of crimes "that there be no delays in the steps required from Kosovo toward the establishment of the court."

Lawmakers in Kosovo cleared the way to create a European Union-backed court in April 2014 but the required constitutional and legislative steps have not been completed.

Suspected crimes include the killing of about 400 civilians, chiefly Serbs, and allegations that a handful of victims were slain specifically to harvest their organs for sale on the black market.

Updated : 2021-09-25 10:42 GMT+08:00