Kosovo postpones attempt to join Interpol

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 25.9.2017 12:02

On Thursday 21 September, Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj announced Kosovo's withdrawal from its attempt to join the Interpol this year, a task in which Kosovo failed twice before.

The reason for the postponement is a lack of support from Interpol member countries. The necessary 2/3 of the 190 members would not approve Kosovo’s application despite support by the US and the European Parliament. According to Kosovo's Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, the situation is also negatively affected by the fact that this year's Interpol General Assembly is held in China, who, along with Russia, opposes Kosovo's entry into the organization. Serbia also disapproves of Kosovo's membership, mainly due to concerns about possible prosecution of Serbian armed forces' members who participated in the 1999 Kosovo War. However, such worries are unnecessary since the extradition of wanted persons cannot be forced. According to Haradinaj, Kosovo plans to bid for membership again next year at the Interpol General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, which could then help in the fight against corruption and organised crime.

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