BBC Monitoring International Reports - February 28, 2005

Text of report by Serbian independent news agency FoNet

Pristina/Kosovska Mitrovica, 27 February: The UNMIK (UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo) justice department in charge of Kosovo judiciary today confirmed for FoNet that The Hague Tribunal Prosecutor's Office had pressed charges against Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and that he would leave for The Hague by the end of March.

"Haradinaj will resign from his post of premier by mid-March, because the USA and the most developed EU countries have reached an agreement, so he will be handed the indictment by 15 March at latest," a judge who wished to stay unanimous stated in Pristina.

He added that the postponement of the publishing of Haradinaj's indictment was explained by a possible wave of violence erupting, not only against Serbs, but against UNMIK representatives as well.

According to FoNet's sources, Haradinaj will go to The Hague peacefully, because "he is ready to sacrifice that much for the future of Kosovo".

A spokesman for UNMIK, who wishes to stay anonymous, has said that Haradinaj's departure for The Hague can be expected some time next week, i.e., after UNMIK head Soeren Jessen-Petersen comes back from the USA on Tuesday (1 March).

Source: FoNet news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1947 gmt 27 Feb 05

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