Serbia-Kosovo Summit Called Off After Thaci’s War Crimes Indictment

Thaci says prosecutors are rewriting history

Plans for a White House summit between Serbia and Kosovo on economic ties have been cancelled, US officials say, following the indictment of Kosovo President Hashim Thaci for war crimes during the 1998-99 war with Serbia.

Thaci says he is completely innocent and has nothing to hide. He also accused the international prosecutors of trying to rewrite the history of Kosovo. He said he wouldn’t allow that, and that what happens will be best for Kosovo and Albania.

Accusations of Thaci torturing and killing political opponents and ethnic minorities in Kosovo date back many years. Officials say there is a lot backing these charges, and that Thaci has long interfered with the investigations.

The high-profile indictment of Thaci and others meant the summit could no longer go ahead. The White House has not scheduled a replacement, yet, and analysts say they are unlikely to do so again in the lead-up to the November election.

Author: Jason Ditz

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