Monday, February 28, 2005

UNMIK to take action against any officials impeding standards for Kosovo

The international authorities in Kosova [Kosovo] have announced the possibility of undertaking measures against all those who impede or block the fulfilment of obligations and duties that emerge from the plan of standards. According to UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] officials, transfer of powers will also be accompanied with accountability from the local institutions.

"UNMIK is ready to undertake measures against officials, at the central as well as municipal level, who fail to accomplish their responsibilities and duties or who impede or block the efforts in making progress in the key fields," UNMIK spokesperson Remy Dourlot said.

Among priority standards remain minority rights, freedom of movement, return of displaced people, equitable provision of services, media responsibility and security. But, according to Dourlot, the standards are not limited only to these fields.

According to him, the special representative of the UN secretary general [SRSG - Soeren Jessen-Petersen] has several means and measures at his disposition based on the mandate of UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

The use of punitive measures could follow after violations, and their use is the last resort. "The SRSG is ready to undertake several measures in the interest of moving ahead towards the standards and status of Kosova."

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