Koha Ditore carries on the front page a letter that the Budapest-based European Centre for Roma Rights has sent to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The Centre calls for waiving the diplomatic immunity of UNMIK senior staff ‘because they are responsible for the health and humanitarian catastrophe that has been occurring in the camps in Mitrovica North for the last six years. UNMIK’s behaviour raises some serious issues that need to be addressed by criminal or civil court’, the letter reads.
The letter also says that the camps for Roma were built as an ad hoc response to the displacement of Roma refugees and were meant to exist only for several weeks. ‘However, six years have passed and the camps are still there, the camp residents are devastated and their children suffering from health problems,’ said the letter.