Thursday, August 17, 2006

Kosovo institutions see progress in return of displaced, freedom of movement

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 17 August: The Kosova [Kosovo] institutions have evaluated today that there is an evident progress in the implementation of Standard III and IV, which are the freedom of movement and the sustainable return, adding that there is an increase of the returned persons during these last months.

This was announced today in a meeting of the working groups made of the local and international officials for Standard III and IV.

The deputy minister for the local self-administration, Aziz Lila, said that the continuity of construction of the houses, the issue of the return of the displaced persons and the end of the administrative direction for a fair share of the finances are some of the main points of Standard III and IV.

According to Lila, Kline [Klina] is the place with the highest number of the sustainable returnees, followed by Peje [Pec], and so on.

"There is no exact number regarding this issue, since the returns happen every day and constantly," said Lila.

Meanwhile, the director of Office of Communities, Returns and Minority Affairs, Sandra Mitchell, said that they have reached an agreement with the Ministry of Return, in accordance with the Contact Group requests for sharing the grants where it will be included the support for the projects for the return in the neighbourhoods of Abdullahaj in Gjilan [Gnjilane] and Skenderaj [Srbica].

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 17 Aug 06

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