The political parties represented in the Kosovo assembly need to play a responsible role in recognising the results of the parliamentary elections held on 14 February, the ambassadors of informal decision-making group Quint – which includes France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States – wrote in a joint statement released on Tuesday.
The decision-making group also called on Kosovo’s political actors to ensure stability in institutions, including in the presidency.
“Addressing these challenges will require political party leaders and elected MPs to now put the needs of Kosovo citizens above political partisanship and for the opposition and government to work together on shared priorities, the first task being the election of a new president,” the group wrote in its joint statement.
Kosovo’s elected President Hashim Thaci, resigned in November to “protect the integrity of the presidency of Kosovo” after the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutors in the Hague filed a ten-count indictment, charging him of war crimes committed during the war in Kosovo in the late 1990s.
Currently acting as president in Kosovo is recently elected parliament speaker Glauk Konjufca. The Vetëvendosje party that formed the government will nominate former parliament speaker Vjosa Osmani as a presidential candidate. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)