Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Contact Group urges Standards improvements in Kosovo

Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV website on 30 May

During its last meeting in Paris the Contact Group decided to call on Belgrade to change its negative policy towards the Serb minority in Kosova [Kosovo], to again encourage them to join Kosova institutions, and to return to Pristina the cadastral documents that were removed in 1999.

According to UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] chief Soeren Jessen-Petersen, the Contact Group will ask Belgrade to change its very negative policies towards the Kosova Serbs, which make them choose between Belgrade and Prishtina. Regarding the 13 points [concerning Standards] for Kosova [Kosovo], Petersen said this should not come as a surprise to the Kosova government since they have come from the UNMIK [United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] technical report for the implementation of Standards and have been identified by both the Kosova government and the international institutions in Kosova. This is not a new list, but focuses on a number of key points where additional progress can be made in Standards implementation, UNMIK chief Soeren Jessen-Petersen concluded.

Source: RTK TV website, Pristina, in Albanian 30 May 06

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