PRISTINA, Sept 21 (Hina) - The Kosovo government on Thursday welcomed the Contact Group's conclusions from last night's meeting in New York, which once again underlined that the process of determining Kosovo's status should be completed by the end of the year.
Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Qeku's aide Avni Arifi said the government applauded the statement from yesterday's meeting and that it reflected the Kosovo side's will.
The Kosovo government is committed to achieving the standards of a democratic society, ensuring the multiethnicity of Kosovo and protecting minorities.
The foreign ministers of Contact Group countries agreed that the utmost effort must be invested in closing the Kosovo status issue by year's end, and encouraged the UN's special envoy for negotiations on the status, Martti Ahtisaari, to prepare a proposal which would bind the sides in the negotiations to move forward.
Also today, KFOR's commander, German General Roland Kather, said in a statement that the security situation in Kosovo and along the border with Serbia was good and that the Kosovo Force would not allow any violence in this crucial period for the UN-administered province.
Kather, who stepped into office three weeks ago, stated those assessments at a meeting with the Serbian Army's chief of staff, General Zdravko Ponos, in Nis, Serbia, yesterday.
The two generals said KFOR's cooperation with the Serbian Army and authorities was very good.