Veterans plan protest, Jashari: We do not guarantee if the situation escalates
The veterans of the Kosovo Liberation Army insist on being included in the draft law that paves the way for an increase in the minimum wage, otherwise they will go out to protest in front of the Assembly of Kosovo. The head of the Martyrs’ Family Association, Xhavit Jashari, tells KosovaPress that the protest will be the first form through which they will oppose the approval in the second reading of this draft law, adding that they will not be held responsible if the protest gets out of control. . He adds that the responsibility lies with the government and not with the veterans who, according to him, are demanding their rights.
The government says that the minimum wage and veterans’ benefits are separate issues while insisting on a new law with cleared lists and then also the possibility that this category is treated, according to them, more dignified.
The veterans have protested twice before the government and the Assembly of Kosovo to oppose their non-inclusion in the draft law for the amendment and completion of the laws that determine the minimum wage.
Jashari says that they will take the same action on the day when this draft law will be voted on in the second reading in the Assembly session.
“We will protest, we will oppose, we will also consult with our governing bodies, the Veterans Organization and the associations, in this case the Disabled and Martyrs’ Families, and the first form will be protest and we do not guarantee if the situation escalates because it is the government and the prime minister in this country that is taking action to get here and I think that the responsibilities fall on the one who causes the problems and not those who demand their rights”, says Jashari.
According to him, they will not allow the sacrifice and value of KLA veterans to be degraded and adds that this category continues to be trampled upon.
“The prime minister, the government, and the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo must understand that this is not happening because the benefit is not increasing and it is being insisted that war veterans be denied the right to their benefit, which is its basis. is the minimum wage in Kosovo, but we will not allow the glorious fight of the KLA to be trampled, which is everyone’s value, and on this occasion I want to appeal to both the citizens and the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo to be careful in this point because the KLA’s fight is for all those who enjoy freedom today and it is everyone’s value and as such it must be preserved”, he says.
After the second veterans’ protest held in June, the representatives of the organizations were hosted by Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who had proposed the drafting of a new law for veterans and the initiation of the process of evaluation and verification of war participants.
Jashari says that no verification can be done without completing the judicial process for the veterans, turned into a retrial by the Appeal.
“We are not afraid of verification, neither the commanders of the areas, nor the representatives of the organizations that came out of the war, even though our power has not been to sign, give someone the right or deny them the right that they have contributed to in the fight of the KLA, but every time it comes back, it will be the same body, the same institution, that will do the assessment and re-verification, and I think that if someone has signed someone who doesn’t deserve it, he should answer to the bodies of justice, or if someone denies it, they must answer again… No re-evaluation and no verification can be done without completing the judicial process that has been turned into a retrial by the Court of Appeal”, adds Jashari.
The president of the Martyrs’ Families Association calls on the country’s prime minister to carefully handle issues related to veterans, as, according to him, this category should receive dignified treatment.
He says that Kurti should not keep ministers like Hekuran Murati and Donika Gërvalla in the government who, according to him, have declared against the values of war.
“We will insist that irresponsible and unconscious people who have no value, then insult these values, as we have the case of Hekuran Murat and Donika Schëarz, not to be part of the government, we insist that they become civilized and raise a culture of a national scale that such people who insult the value on which value they have come and today enjoy these positions in any institution, that they should not be part of these institutions because our journey will be difficult with such irresponsible, unconscionable people … I think that it is the duty of the Prime Minister of Kosovo to correct the opposite, so that there are no such people in the government who lead very important departments to solve the government’s problems”, concludes Jashari.
On June 14, 2022, the Assembly of Kosovo has approved in principle the draft law, which foresees the increase of the minimum wage to 250 euros net from 130-170 as it is currently. This draft law excludes the increase of the veterans’ pension up to the minimum wage, and in case of approval in the second reading, the veterans will continue to receive the pension in the amount of 170 euros.