Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Kosovo government forms committee to assist Hague indictee Haradinaj

The government has passed today a decision to establish a committee, which shall provide professional, legal, financial, and political assistance to the former prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, who is facing The Hague indictment.

"We have decided to establish a supportive committee for Ramush Haradinaj. It will be launched and supported by the government, but it will not operate within the government," said Salihaj adding that the government would provide support to Haradinaj as much as UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] laws allow it.

Today, the government was briefed about the meeting on missing persons in Belgrade. "It was a fair meeting and an important step in the process of returning missing persons. But this issue cannot be limited only to the protocol meetings, but the meetings and the whole process should bring results," said Salihaj.

Asked whether they will start talks on other issues with Belgrade, Salihaj said: "This depends on the international facilitators and on the readiness of Belgrade".

The government has also reviewed the first report on implementation of the plan of European partnership, in the verge of the Tracking Mechanism Stabilization-Association meeting scheduled for 3 May.

The government also discussed the draft law on foreign investments. The government endorsed the draft earlier, but some minor corrections remained to be made before it enters the parliamentary procedure.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 22 Mar 05

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