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16-01-2006

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MINORITY ISSUES TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL OF KOSOVO NEGOTIATIONS DELEGATION

Prishtina, 13 January 2006. The Kosovo Delegation (KD) represented by Mr. Veton Surroi, and the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), represented by Mr. Marc Weller signed a memorandum of cooperation.

Under the terms of this agreement, ECMI will provide expertise on minority rights, standards and other technical issues to the Community Consultative Council (CCC) of the KD. In addition, ECMI will assist ethnic community representatives in formulating positions relating to the status talks aiming to safeguard community interests. ECMI is a leading international institution on minority issues and has been active in Kosovo since 2001.

Mr. Surroi announced today the start of the second round of consultations with ethnic community representatives. The Community Consultative Council will be formally assembled in a plenary session to review and consider a document summarizing the issues raised by the communities and to be briefed by members of the Kosovo Delegation on the status talks' process.

The aim of this meeting will be to enhance the input of ethnic communities in the present status discussions on Kosovo.

ECMI will facilitate capacity building activities and consultations with representatives of ethnic communities and participants in the CCC. This will be achieved by placing particular emphasis on minority rights protection and good governance.

It is expected that the CCC will meet regularly during the negotiations process and over time it will be converted into a permanent body contributing to good community relations and input into policymaking for all relevant ethnic community groups.

Ylli Hoxha
+ 377 44 505 143
+ 381 38 200 10 119
ylli.hoxha@ora-kosova.org

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
Government
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State
Schleswig-Holstein