Kosovo president slams international war crimes court

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci stands in front of a banner marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence during an interview with The Associated

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci stands in front of a banner marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence during an interview with The Associated

Kosovar kids run in front of a number ten sign marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence on Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, in Kosovo capital Prist

Kosovar kids run in front of a number ten sign marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence on Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, in Kosovo capital Prist

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, in Kosovo capital Pristina. President H

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018, in Kosovo capital Pristina. President H

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci points toward a banner marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence during an interview with The Associated Press

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci points toward a banner marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence during an interview with The Associated Press

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president has called an international war crimes court with jurisdiction over potential Kosovar suspects a "historical injustice," adding his government only reluctantly accepted it as the "price for its liberty."

In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia, Hashim Thaci slammed the court, based in The Hague, Netherlands, as akin to creating a court to judge Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis in World War II.

He said Wednesday: "Kosovo held a defensive war for its existence as a nation and attacked no one."

Kosovo's bloody war for independence ended with a 1999 NATO air campaign.

The Kosovo war crimes court has jurisdiction over alleged war crime suspects in Kosovo, but has yet to hear any cases.