After the Kosovo Constitutional Court reminded that the 2016 verdict, which confirmed the ownership of the monastery Visoki Decani of 24 hectares of land, has not yet been implemented, the heads of mission of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the USA sent another appeal to Kosovo institutions.
Every year on May 19th – the day when the Constitutional Court announced the verdict back in 2016, the ambassadors of these countries appeal and call on the Kosovo authorities to implement this decision, that is to register the monastery’s ownership of 24 hectares of land.
They sent the same appeal today.
“The Heads of Mission of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States take note of and welcome the Kosovo Constitutional Court’s 24th September unanimous statement regarding non-implementation of its prior decisions, including its 2016 decision on registering the Decani Monastery’s land,” they wrote in a joint statement.
They underlined that it is concerning that Kosovo’s Constitutional Court is compelled to remind executive institutions to guarantee and enforce the rule of law in these long-overdue cases.
“As was noted in our 19th May Quint statement, respecting the rule of law is an obligation for all governments. We strongly encourage the Government of Kosovo to proceed without further delay in fully implementing the lawful registration of the Decani Monastery’s land, in line with the Constitutional Court’s decision.”
Finally, they stressed that Kosovo’s support for the rule of law and an independent judiciary is predicated on fully and equally implementing all Court decisions, regardless of political disagreements.
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