Kosovo War Crimes Institute Established - Page 2
Although publishing most doubtful statements in general, in this particular case the US conservative Kuhner manages to briefly summarize the situation: "All sides were guilty of atrocities; no party – or nation – was more responsible than the other. This is what Serbia has been demanding for years. It has sought to cover its ... national shame with moral equivalence".
In Kosovo the respective discussion about war crimes is actually dominated by strong rejection of veteran organizations referring to the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA / UCK), which are closely bound to the ruling Demo-cratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). These war veterans claim, that the KLA worriers were heroes and the KLA was fighting for justice against Serbian suppression: A prosecution against former KLA members therefore would damage the reputation of the whole organization. Veteran representatives even requested a law, which protects former KLA members from prosecution.
Of course this request harms any healthy understanding of justice at all. Justice Minister Kuci - who holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Graz in Austria - should be aware, that "Lady Justice" (Justitia) is blind and shell be blind for good reason. Those who fought for justice, now have to apply justice equally to everyone. If not, thy will loose their moral supremacy.
In other words: Crimes committed during the war by persons who were members of the KLA - or even worse: used their KLA membership for crimes - must be brought to court as crimes of individuals. By hiding or protecting criminal individuals, the reputation of the KLA will suffer - not the other way round.
Minister Kuci has chosen the right moment to institutionalize and structure the processing of war crimes - in order not to allow Serbia easily "to render history's final judgment on the Balkan wars of the 1990s" - However, a supreme approach of justice implies, that the concerned institute has to investigate all war crimes that occurred in Kosova - regardless of ethnicity or nationality.