Monday, December 19, 2005

Kosovo establishes Interior and Justice Ministries

Press coverage on upcoming forming of two new ministries

One of the leading stories in the daily press today is the upcoming creation of the
two ministries – the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.
According to Koha Ditore, the signing of the administrative regulation for the
creation of the new ministries is expected today. In the lead front page headline,
Koha Ditore reports that “the battle for the appointment of the ministers begins –
20 December is the deadline to submit names”. According to the paper, the LDK
will decide what ministry it will take and which it will leave to the AAK. The
LDK, notes the paper, will also get more posts of deputy ministers and advisors in
the two new ministries.

Zëri quotes officials of the Kosovo Government as saying that all preparations
have been made for the signing of the regulation for the two new ministries; in fact
senior government officials expect this to happen today.

“We have said that the signing of the regulation will be done before the end of this
week, and maybe even before Wednesday. However, I cannot confirm if it will be
done on Monday,” said UNMIK spokesman Remi Dourlot.

Under the front page headline, Disagreement over the Ministers, Express reports
that the AAK claims an agreement has been reached with the LDK for the
allocation of the two ministries – that the AAK would get the Ministry of Interior
while the Justice Ministry would go to the LDK. The LDK, on the other hand,
denies any existing agreement.

Zëri says Kosovo Serb political representatives have objected establishment of the
two ministries, saying this in contravention to UNSC Resolution 1244.

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