Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Contact Group officials optimistic Kosovo to fulfil Standards

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 15 August: The representatives of the Contact Group member states in Kosova [Kosovo] expressed today their satisfaction with the work of the Kosova institutions in the fulfilling of Standards, whereas they encouraged Prime Minister Agim Ceku to continue work on those Standards which remain unfulfilled yet.

They made these comments following a joint meeting with Kosova Prime Minister Agim Ceku.

Ceku briefed the Contact Group representatives on the achievements on the fulfilling of Standards, assuring them Kosovar institutions will manage to fulfil all the Standards by October.

Ceku also said that five out of 13 points set by the international community have already been fulfilled, whereas the government is working on the implementation of other points.

The Contact Group representatives voiced their optimism that Kosovar institutions will fulfil all Standards within the given time, including the 13 standards set by the Contact Group.

"On behalf of the Contact Group, I must say that we have all agreed that a lot has been done in the fulfilling of Standards, but we believe that more needs to be done," said Tina Kaidanow, head of the US Office in Prishtina.

She also announced that the Contact Group representatives have encouraged the prime minister to continue work on the fulfilling of other Standards set by the Contact Group.

Prime Minister Agim Ceku also briefed the international representatives on the efforts of trust building between communities and protection of minorities, especially the Serbs.

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 15 Aug 06

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