Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Kosovo official says public order, justice ministries to be set up this year

Prishtina [Pristina], 20 June: The government officials told KosovaLive that the Ministry of Public Order and the Ministry of Justice will be established within this year as part of the efforts for more power handover in the area of security. Whereas the Secretariat for Security Review is expected to be only an advisory body.

Enver Sopjani, security adviser to Prime Minister Kosumi, said that the work for establishment of the two ministries is going as planned. Sopjani said that the establishment of the two ministries this year would enable the government a direct access to the security sector.

Sopjani said that a number of international groups experts, mainly from Great Britain, are helping in establishing of this sector, which will be under the government's authority.

"They are analysing the situation and will come up with their recommendations," Sopjani said.

However he added that the secretariat in no way will be a substitute for the Ministry of Public Order, for which UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] has given the green light to be established.

The former spokesperson of the government, who has specialized in Spain on antiterrorism, Arben Qirezi, told KosovaLive that the initiative for establishing of Secretariat and the two ministries is a result of growing belief among the international community for handing over more powers to Kosovars in the area of internal security.

Qirezi said that the management of the internal security is almost impossible to be efficient without an intelligence service.

But for Qirezi, establishment of such a service is a more complicated issue. "The unresolved political status makes establishing of such a service difficult," he said.

However, he stressed that the main obstacle comes from the locals themselves. "If we want to have such a service, the political parties should gave up first from their tendencies to have it under the control."

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 20 Jun 05

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