Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Kosovo premier welcomes UNMIK chief's forum idea

Prishtina [Pristina], 3 May 2005: The idea of the head of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo], Soeren Jessen-Petersen, of establishing of a broad-based forum is a very important step forward, the Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi evaluated today.

"I have not formulated my stance yet. But I can tell you that the majority of the issues in the draft proposal are positive and acceptable for me," Kosumi said.

Last week Jessen-Petersen proposed Kosova's [Kosovo's] governmental and political leaders to establish an Informal Forum, which would deal with the major issues, such as the political status and decentralization.

Establishing of such a mechanism, which would include the views of the ruling and opposition forces, has also been demanded by western diplomats, who recently visited Kosova.

The political leaders have demanded such a forum to have a decision making role, whereas Jessen-Petersen has declared himself that it will be informal forum , which will would support existing democratic institutions, and not substitute them.

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

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