Statement from the Heads of Mission of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, September 24, 2021
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 24 September unanimous statement regarding non-implementation of its prior decisions, including its 2016 decision on registering the Decani Monastery’s land. 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 19 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. 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.