Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Kosovo premier says decentralization to continue despite opposition's rejection

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 3 May: Kosova's [Kosovo] Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi said that pilot project on decentralization will continue despite the rejection from the side of opposition parties.

The prime minister made those comments during the seventh meeting of the Stabilization Association Process [SAP] Tracking Mechanism for Kosova, which is being held in Prishtina.

Kosumi in his speech said that the government is always engaged in applying of the EU standards, especially in adapting the EU compatible legislation.

"I would like to reconfirm that the decentralization will take place regardless some rejections from the side of opposition. The government will be able to announce the initial in implementation of the pilot projects in the beginning of July," he said

Kosumi views decentralization process as an European step for integration of ethnic communities, in particular for integration of Serb community.

He also announced that a parliament debate, where the opposition forces will also introduce their views on this issue, will take place soon.

"I am confident that the opposition role will reflect the normal practices in democracy," he said.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 3 May 05

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