Thursday, September 07, 2006

Serb municipalities to cover 15 per cent of Kosovo under decentralization

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 6 September: Figures presented today during the Kosova [Kosovo] parliament session show that some 85.5 per cent of Kosova's territory will be administered by Albanians, whereas 14.5 per cent will be administered by the Serbs.

According to the minister of environment and spatial planning and member of the Political Strategic Group, Ardian Gjini, the Kosovar plan is not much different from the UNOSEK [UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the future status process for Kosovo] plan.

"Municipalities with majority Albanians in Kosova will manage some 85.62 per cent of the territory or some 9,300 square kilometres," said Minister Gjini, adding that between Kosovar and UNOSEK plan there is a difference of 1 per cent only.

Ardian Gjini also focused on the issue of special protection zones around Orthodox religious sites in Kosova, as well as on the activities which will be allowed to take place in these zones.

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 6 Sep 06

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