Saturday, March 19, 2005

UK official pledges support for Kosovo Protection Corps

The British under secretary of state for defence and minister for veterans in the Defence Ministry, Ivor Caplin, said today that his country would continue to further support the development of the Kosova [Kosovo] Protection Corps [TMK], because it has an important role for the people of Kosova and their future.

Caplin made this comment following a meting with the commander of the TMK, Agim Ceku, at the TMK headquarters, with whom [he] discussed on the developments at the TMK.

"We have a picture of the security sector, therefore we will draw conclusion in early summer or in autumn. One of the points we discussed with the general was also the issue of security. When we reach this point, we will also see the other matters, such as training that the TMK may need," said Caplin.

General Ceku thanked Caplin for the commitment of Britain for development of the TMK. "Caplin brought great optimism for the future of the TMK," said Ceku.

Caplin also met today with the chief of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo], Soeren Jessen-Petersen, and Deputy Prime Minister Adem Salihaj.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 18 Mar 05

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