Tuesday, November 01, 2005

What do to in Presevo Valley

BELGRADE -- Tuesday – Rasim Ljajic and Zoran Stojkovic met with municipal officials in the region of South Serbia to discuss getting Albanians included into the local legislature.

The South Serbia Coordination Centre reported that great progress has been made in the municipality of Bujanovac, but that there are still many problems to take care of, one of the main ones being the lack of participation in the institutional system by Albanians. The Justice Ministry has made an agreement that will allow court administration workers from Bujanovac and Presevo to be employed.

Justice Minister Stojkovic and Human and Minority Rights Minister Ljajic, who is also president of the Coordination Centre for the municipalities of Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja, met with South Serbia municipal officials Riza Halimi, Nagib Arifi and Slobodan Draskovic regarding the methods of getting Albanians to participate in the regional legal institutions.

Presevo Municipal President Riza Halimi told B92 that during the discussions, all possible solutions for creating a better ethnic balance within the courts were taken into consideration. He said that the meeting was constructive and that he is expecting to see concrete results soon.

Today’s meeting was a continuation of the project implemented by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the goal of enabling Albanian attorneys to take bar tests and obtain work in the regional court systems. B92

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