TIRANA, 09. JAN. 2017 – In Albania, the repeated arrests of the former Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj is being commented with rage against French authorities. They say that this arrest is unacceptable, as it is based on invalid arrest warrants issued several years ago by Serbia. Mr. Haradinaj has been tried by the Tribunal of Hague and has been acquitted. But this doesn’t prevent Serbia from demanding from world authorities to arrest those Albanians that it lists as accused of war crimes. At the same time, there’s a readiness of these countries to grant these requests. This situation has led to strong criticism against the EU in general, whereby Albanian PM Edi Rama seems to be the most disgruntled one, balkaneu.com reported. He warns the EU that events such as this one can have a bad impact for the entire Balkans. He says that big question marks arise: “Why is the acquittal that Ramush Haradinaj received from the Tribunal of Hague is not enough for this citizen of Kosovo not to be stopped on European borders as if he were an internationally wanted criminal?!”. Another question that Mr. Rama asks is that “how is it possible that the arrest warrants of a country which has been the aggressor in a war that involved NATO itself against that country, can still be valid today as legitimate warrants for police forces of a number of European countries, to imprison warriors that fought against that aggression and who then put themselves at the disposal of the Tribunal of Hague and voted in favor of a Special Tribunal which would try them?!”. Rama says that he is not able to answer to these questions today. “But I am certain of one thing, which must be said today rather than tomorrow: Stability and security of Kosovo, where NATO has its biggest presence in the region, is a vital requirement not only for the stability of the region, but also for Balkans as an investor in the architecture of peace and European security”. Rama goes even further with his criticism against the EU: “The EU’s double approach toward Serbia and Kosovo, where the first one is allowed inertial excesses of its own past, such as the validity of international arrest warrants for KLA “criminals”, while the latter is imposed sui generis conditions even for the liberalization of visas, is causing a psychological damage for relations with United Europe, but in general for Albanians, who have contributed so much in the great project of peace and European integration of the region. Kosovo’s international joint liberators must wake up before Kosovo feels betrayed by them!” Within the Albanian political camp, the Socialist Movement for Integration, an ally of PM Rama in the government, is more composed and doesn’t announce a “war” to the EU. Its vice chairman, Petrit Vasili, says that the arrest was absurd as it doesn’t help political dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. He demands Mr. Haradinaj’s release and appeals for these arrests based on old warrants issued by Serbs against Albanians of Kosovo. Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati says that “the arrest based on an arrest warrant issued by Serbia in 2004 must be condemned, at a time when everyone knows that international justice has acquitted him of all charges”. Bushati adds that “any efforts made by Serbia to tarnish Kosovo’s liberation war would fail the same way Milosevic’s genocide policies in Kosovo failed, against which Ramush and KLA fought”. Bushati warns that “unfortunately, this act damages the process of the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia”.