Thursday, April 07, 2005

Kosovo premier says protection corps to provide officers for future army

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Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 6 April: The Kosova [Kosovo] Protection Corps [TMK] will be given additional funds from the budget to fulfil Standard VIII and to prepare better Ceremonial Guard, Kosova Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi said today.

He made this comment in a meeting with the commander of TMK, General Lieutenant Agim Ceku.

Kosumi expressed his content with the developments at the TMK. "I was informed on the developments at the TMK, particularly with the processes related to the fulfilment of Standard VIII and I am very pleased that I can say that the TMK is advancing in its implementation," Kosumi said.

Fulfilment of Standard VIII, according to Kosumi, will have a positive effect on evaluation of other standards.

He also valued highly the work of the TMK commander and other officers for professionalism, training, and education of all the TMK officers.

"Those generals, those officers in the future will be the commanders of the future army of Kosova," he said.

On the other hand, General Ceku said that the new prime minister promised to continue the projects initiated by the former Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj. "I am very pleased that the government lead by Kosumi is placing the TMK high in their agenda, same as the previous government," said Ceku.

The general said that all preparations for the Kosovo Ceremonial Guard have been made.

Gen Ceku said that they are waiting only for authorization, which is expected on 15 April, when the meeting of the working group for TMK development is scheduled.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 6 Apr 05

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