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Kosovo: Premier says organs trafficking claims 'damage' Belgrade ties

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Kosovo's prime minister Hashim Thaci said on Friday a report accusing him of masterminding a human organs trafficking ring in the 1990s was an invention that would damage forthcoming talks with Belgrade.


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Belgrade, 31 Dec. (AKI) – Kosovo's prime minister Hashim Thaci said on Friday a report accusing him of masterminding a human organs trafficking ring in the 1990s was an invention that would impact on upcoming talks with Belgrade.

Thaci said the report by Swiss lawyer Dick Marty for Council of Europe watchdog was full of fabrication and contained no facts.

“The report is an attack on the image of Kosovo,” Thaci said in an interview with Belgrade television B92, . “It is directed against Kosovo, the Albanian people and me, but also against the United States, United Nations and NATO,” he added.

He said the report, endorsed earlier in December by the Council of Europe's human rights committee was "dead in the water".

Marty's report resembled the work of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and was damaging hurting forthcoming talks with Belgrade, Thaci claimed.

The report accused Thaci of masterminding a human organs trafficking scheme during and after Kosovo war for independence in 1999.

The organs were allegedly taken from Serb prisoners who were taken to Albania and murdered, while their organs were sold in the west on the black market.

Thaci said he hadn’t met Marty during his Kosovo investigation, because Marty showed no interest. “If he had asked, I would have gladly met with him,” he added.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 with the help of western powers. Belgrade continues to oppose the move. Talks between Belgrade and Pristina are expected to start early next year, but Thaci said the report had damaged the prospects for such talks.

A total of 72 countries have recognized Kosovo so far.

Thaci said Marty’s report would not lead to Kosovo's isolation.

“On the contrary, we have excellent relations with the United States and the European Union,” he concluded.


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