Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive
Prishtina [Pristina], 20 October: Minister of Local Self-Administration Lutfi Haziri said today in Prishtina that very soon they will sign an agreement with the Serbian government on a lasting return of displaced persons.
Haziri made these comments in a regular meeting of the working group for Standard III - Freedom of Movement - and Standard IV - Lasting Return.
In relation with the lasting return, Haziri said that the situation is still the same.
"This is one of the standards that needs time, but we are working actively to implement the government plan on a lasting return. At this stage, we are pending to sign a protocol for lasting return with the Belgrade government," said Haziri.
Haziri said that the biggest obstacle to the implementation of the lasting return was the negative stance of the Belgrade government, which continues to manipulate the displaced persons.
"I hope that this document will change their stance, and they be more cooperative in the area of implementing this elementary right in the future," said Haziri.
In relation to the Standard III - Freedom of Movement - Haziri said that there are positive results in this aspect, if compared to the previous months.
Haziri also said that there is an increase of the minority employment.
Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 20 Oct 05