Kosovo PM: We’re withdrawing request to join Interpol; Belgarde claims victory

Kosovo PM: We’re withdrawing request to join Interpol; Belgarde claims victory

Kosovo PM: We’re withdrawing request to join Interpol; Belgarde claims victory Izvor: REUTERS/Laura Hasani

Ramus Haradinaj, Kosovo’s outgoing Prime Minister said on Tuesday he wrote to the Interpol General Assembly telling it Pristina’s request for the membership to that international police force was withdrawn, the Kosovo online website reported.

Last year, the Assembly voted to reject Kosovo’s application.

Pristina said it was the result of Belgrade diplomatic campaign and retaliated by introducing the 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia.

Serbia’s Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Pristina’s withdrawal of the application to join Interpol, was a huge victory for Serbia and the international law. Speaking from Chile, he said it was clear that the vast majority of the countries would not support Kosovo’s membership.

 The taxes that blocked the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations are still in place.

On Tuesday, Haradinaj said that “bearing in mind that general elections in Kosovo were held on October 6, I kindly ask you to postpone our application for the next General Assembly meeting.”

Earlier in the day, Serbia’s embassies across the world have been ordered to prevent Pristina’s attempt to join Interpol, Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti said.

“Our diplomats all over the world have received an explicit directive from their headquarters in Belgrade to invest maximum effort to prevent Pristina’s attempts at the Interpol General Assembly, which is starting in Chile and lasts till October 18, to become a member of that organisation,” the daily said.

It added that Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dacic instructed the diplomats to explain why Serbia felt that Kosovo’s membership in Interpol was unacceptable in the next few days regardless of the occasion and topic of conversation.    

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