Thursday, February 03, 2005

Contact Group Plus calls for urgency in decentralization

All daily newspapers carry an extensive coverage of yesterday’s meeting of the Contact Group Plus in Pristina. The CG Plus has welcomed the progress in the issue of decentralization and has called for pilot projects to be finalized.

At the same time, the Kosovo Government has stated that it appreciates the assessment of the CG Plus and added that it would continue its plan for decentralization and the first municipal pilot project. On the other hand, representatives of the opposition said they were against the plans for this process.

According to Koha Ditore, Kosovo Serb representatives have blamed official Belgrade for everything related to decentralization, because they claim that with its policy official Belgrade has excluded Serbs from the process of reforms in local government. Zëri also reports on the front page that Oliver Ivanovic has regretted listening to Belgrade on the issue of decentralization.

Zëri on page three also reports that four pilot projects for decentralization will start in March.

Some daily newspapers are reporting that CG Plus representatives have called on Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova to resign from the post of LDK leader by the end of this month.

According to Epoka e Re, Haradinaj was seriously asked to cooperate with the ICTY and to behave in a responsible way, although he was told he was doing a good job regarding decentralization.

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