Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Kosovo PM, UK army commander discuss security

Prishtina [Pristina], 27 March: Kosova [Kosovo] Prime Minister Agim Ceku said today sin Prishtina that it was a joint obligation of him as TMK [Kosovo Protection Corps] commander, and Michael Jackson as the chief of the Great Britain Army Headquarters to raise the TMK to the highest level as part of the political process and transform it into a defence force.

He made these comments today following a meeting with Gen Michael Jackson and Col Paul Miller.

"The history of Kosova is closely connected with the name of Gen Jackson, because he was the first Commander of the Kfor [Kosovo Force] peacekeeping troops in Kosova," said Prime Minister Ceku.

He said that together with Gen Jackson they have gone through difficult, important, and historical moments such as the agreement for demilitarization and transformation of the Kosova Liberation Army [UCK] and its transformation into the TMK.

Ceku said that today's meeting was focused on the current political situation in Kosova, possible developments, possible security architecture in the post status period, and on many other issues.

Gen Jackson congratulated Prime Minister Ceku on his new appointment. He said that this is a momentous year for Kosova as final status talks gather momentum. "There is much to be done in all aspects - politically, economically, and in security. And I wish the prime minister every good luck and all the Kosovars for their future," said British General Michael Jackson.

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 27 Mar 06

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