Saturday, May 13, 2006

UNMIK postpones local election in Kosovo

Zëri reports in the leading front-page story that the head of UNMIK will in the next couple of days decide in favour of postponing the local elections, which were initially scheduled to be held in November.

The paper recalls that the bilateral meetings that the UNMIK chief had with the leaders of the biggest political parties failed to produce the required compromise on this highly important issue, “therefore, Jessen-Petersen was left with no other choice but to decide himself bearing in mind the assessments and positions of the highest international entities, including the UN Administration and the UN Status Envoy Martti Ahtisaari.”

Zëri also says that arguments in favour of postponing the elections were stronger than the reasons to hold the local elections.

In relation to the issue, Koha Ditore quotes ORA leader Veton Surroi as saying that the holding of local elections doesn’t damage the political unity in Kosovo.

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