Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kosovo minister says Serbs allowed to use old vehicle plates until end-2006

Excerpt from report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 31 August: Minister of Internal Affairs Fatmir Rexhepi informed Kosovar legislators that Serb residents in northern Kosova [Kosovo] will have the right to use their vehicles with old Kosova's licence plates until the end of 2006,, while starting from January 2007 a law will be adopted that will sanction them.

Minister Rexhepi made these comments at the regular plenary session of the Kosova Assembly, in a response to a question made by member of the parliament from the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) Ramadan Kelmendi.

Kelmendi asked for an explanation why Serb citizens, respectively those in the north, use Mitrovice [Kosovska Mitrovica] licence plates, or sometimes drive their vehicles with no plates at all, while vehicle with KS [Kosovo] licence plates are stopped and controlled by the police.

"It is not only this segment of life, in other words old licence plates, but the entire mechanism over there functions in parallel with central institutions," Minister Rexhepi said.

As he stated, Kosova Police Service (KSP) in the north of Kosova is also under UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] reserved competences.

According to him, by a special UNMIK decision, citizens living in the north of Kosova register their licence plates every six months, therefore they have the right of driving their vehicles in "old manner" until the end of 2006.

"Starting from 1 January 2007, the collection of these licence plates will begin, and a decision will be taken in regard to the control, supervision and prevention of their further use in the North," Rexhepi said. [Passage omitted]

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 31 Aug 06


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