Mitrovice [Kosovska Mitrovica], 22 August: Minister of Energy and Mines Ethem Ceku said today at the reactivation ceremony that he is confident that Trepca [mine], during these three months of experimental phase, will prove that that is economically sustainable.
He also said that Trepca would have an impact in increasing of the social welfare of Mitrovica region citizens. According to Ceku, Trepca will become self-sustainable in 2006 .
Joachim Ruecker, head of UNMIK's [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] Pillar IV, assessed that reactivation of Trepca indicates that Kosova [Kosovo] will be again a base of profitable mines.
"This is an important day since production in Stan Trg's [Stari Trg] mine began again, in the exploitation phase. The world market for mining products is very good at the moment. We are closely working with the government in this issue," Ruecker said.
Ken Yamashita, chief of USAID [United States Agency for International Development] mission in Kosova, said that reactivation of Trepca is a good example of what success can be achieved when having all stakeholders, the government, UN and the donors, working together.
He said that this is only the first step, while he mentioned that the Law on Mines is being processed. "We and Ruecker have many works to do for privatization, so these mines can be effective. We should attract private investors in order they to come in a secure environment," Yamashita said.
Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 22 Aug 05