Draft law on "war values" of so-called KLA again without support in Pristina assembly
The draft has been put before the deputies in Pristina several times, but each time there was no quorum for the voting to take place
The draft law on "the protection of the values of the struggle" of the so-called KLA ("Kosovo Liberation Army") did not pass at today's session of the Assembly of Kosovo, due to the lack of quorum, reports Zeri.
The president of the Assembly, Vjosa Osmani, confirmed that only 31 deputies were present in the hall during the voting and that there was no quorum to make a decision, reports Kosovo Online.
The draft law, which first defines the "values of the KLA", including that "the armed struggle of the people of Kosovo led by the KLA was aimed at the liberation of Kosovo" - then includes an obligation for public officials and all others to respect those values, under threat of legal sanctions - has been met with numerous criticisms.
Ambassadors of the US, Germany, Switzerland, the EU Office and the OSCE said that such a law criminalizes freedom of speech and violates the rights of citizens, while a message arrived from Belgrade that Pristina's intentions against Serbs are seen in this law.
Since then, the draft has been put before the deputies in Pristina several times, but each time there was no quorum for the voting to take place.
The procedure around the adoption of the law on the protection of the values of the struggle of the so-called KLA was initiated in 2018 by then Assembly President Kadri Veseli, and it was forwarded to the Assembly in October 2018.
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