Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj orders probe into Turkey extraditions

Kosovo investigates seizure of Turkish nationals

Kosovo investigates seizure of Turkish nationals

They did not. They did not have enough trust to share the case with me, so I no longer trust them.

Erdogan had hit out at both Greece and the European Union for pressing for the return of two Greek soldiers that have been in Turkish custody since crossing the Turkish border a month ago, noting that Ankara is still awaiting the return of eight Turkish soldiers who fled an attempted coup nearly two years ago and are seeking asylum in Greece.

Following an emergency meeting with national security staff, Haradinaj reiterated that he was not informed of the operation, which has led him to dismiss Interior Minister Flamur Sefaj and Intelligence Chief Driton Gashi.

"You did nothing about those terrorists, you didn't say anything about them to Mr Tsipras", Erdogan said addressing European Union officials, apparently referring to the eight Turkish soldiers whose extradition Ankara has repeatedly sought but has been rejected by Greece's Supreme Court.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan as bilateral relations continue to be strained over Turkey's military operations in Syria.

Haradinaj said he had ordered each of the institutions involved to "fully engage in clarifying institutional responsibilities, possible constitutional and legal violations and immediately undertake comprehensive, detailed investigations".

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Erdogan said on Saturday the six men had been captured by Turkish intelligence officers and brought to Turkey.

According to a statement from the White House, the two leaders discussed "regional developments and the strategic partnership" between the United States and Turkey.

Kosovo has been under pressure from Turkey in recent weeks to take action against schools funded by the Gulen organisation.

Human Rights Watch said the extradition of Turkish nationals was "a callous disregard for human rights".

There was no other comment from the USA which played the most prominent role in Kosovo's becoming independent, or the European Union to which the partially-recognized state is an aspiring member.

"It certainly will hurt Kosovo, both for throwing doubt on the rule of law and political authority and for cooperation with a regime that is authoritarian and increasingly antagonistic with the EU", Bieber told Reuters.

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