Tuesday, January 18, 2005

UN welcomes Kosovo Protection Corps offer to send unit to tsunami-hit region

The UN headquarters in New York has welcomed the idea of sending a contingent of the Kosova [Kosovo] Protection Corps [TMK] in Southeastern Asia affected by tsunami some weeks ago.

Sources within UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] told KosovaLive that the TMK request to help the tsunami victims was deemed by New York as step of a good will.

The UN headquarters said that it remains to southeastern countries in Asia to decide whether they want to invite the TMK to provide their assistance in overcoming the crisis.

The TMK are established by the UN to react and help in emergency situations, but the majority population in Kosova sees the TMK as a defence force.

Lt-Gen Agim Ceku has asked UNMIK to allow a TMK contingent to serve in the humanitarian mission in the countries affected by tsunami.

The idea for deploying of the TMK troops to Southeastern Asia was supported also by Kosova President Ibrahim Rugova and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.

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