2013-05-31 2:25 PMSwitzerland takes hard line on Kosovo organ-trafficking | EurActivPage 1 of 2http://www.euractiv.com/global-europe/switzerland-takes-hard-line-koso-news-500792
Switzerland takes hard line on Kosovo organ-trafficking
Switzerland on Friday (17 December) called on Kosovo and the international com-munity, including the European Union, to launch a legal probe into allegations oforgan trafficking by Albanian independence fighters.
"The Swiss Foreign Ministry calls on the affected countries and particularly Kosovofor clarification on these accusations," the ministry said in a statement, quoted byAFP."The appropriate and international authorities must lead legal steps to assemble po-tential evidence," it added.The ministry also called on the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and itsWar Crimes Investigation Unit "to drive investigation" into the issue.In a separate development, Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey has report-edly decided not to receive an award given by the Kosovo Embassy and members of the Kosovo diaspora, for her contribution to the recognition of Kosovo's indepen-dence.The award ceremony was planned to be held tomorrow (21 December) for her contri- bution to the recognition of Kosovo's independence.A report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty, a former Swiss prosecutor, im-plicated Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi in organ trafficking (see Background).The report was released just days afterthe first general electionheld in Kosovo sincethe country declared independence in 2008.The website of the Swiss daily 24 heures on Sunday quoted Mary saying that Thaçihas been prohibited from entering Switzerland "for a certain period of time".Christa Markwalder, a Swiss Liberal politician and president of the Parliament’s for-eign affairs committee, called for investigating allegations that sums originating fromorgan trafficking in Kosovo and Albania had been deposited in Swiss bank accounts.In the presence of Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, the Swiss parliament’s For-eign affairs committee is expected to debate the accusations against Hashim Thaçi on11 and 12 January.