Thursday, September 28, 2006

Montenegrin police chief says no security problems on Kosovo border

Excerpt from report by Montenegrin Mina news agency

Podgorica, 28 September: The security situation in Montenegro is completely stable and there are no indications that there will be any complications in the security situation on the border with Kosovo, Police Administration director Veselin Veljovic said today.

He said that the Montenegrin police have the capacity and potential to successfully realize all tasks relating to the plan on general and personal security of citizens, reiterating that Montenegro is "a destination with a high level of security and safety".

Veljovic said that the situation on the border with Kosovo is being monitored continuously.

"Presently, there are no indications or signs that there could be any complications in the security situation," he said at a press conference.

Veljovic underlined that the Montenegrin police are on the path to realizing standards which apply to the countries of the European Union.

"One of these standards is depoliticization [of the police], thereby I completely reject all attempts [to attack] and attacks on the police, as well as bringing this into connection with politics or political processes," he said.

Veljovic said that there was no place for assessments which say that the Police Administration is carrying out selective investigations in the field of economic crime. [Passage omitted]

Veljovic said that apart from sporadic comments, there were no complaints in connection with the exceeding of authority by police members during the Eagle's Flight operation [in which ethnic Albanians were arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out armed attacks on religious and other institutions]. [Passage omitted]

Source: Mina news agency, Podgorica, in Serbian 0941 gmt 28 Sep 06

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