February 4, 2012
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as saying that the continuation of the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue is of vital importance and added that the Alliance is not planning quick withdrawal of its troops from Kosovo.
BRUSSELS – Saturday, February 4, 2012
The IndependenT NewsweeK
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“Our goal remains unchanged: a safe and secure environment for all people of Kosovo and a full reestablishment of the freedom of movement. For this, we need to maintain the current KFOR presence,” said Rasmussen in a press conference following a meeting of the NATO defence ministers in Brussels.
Speaking about the north, Rasmussen said a political solution is needed. “I do not propose any comparative political process but I strongly support the dialogue under EU facilitation,” said NATO Secretary General and urged Pristina and Belgrade to remain engaged in the discussion table so as to find a long-term solution.
Although the Government of Kosovo and International Civilian Office have tasked themselves in implementing all provisions from Ahtisaari status package before ending the supervision of independence, Koha Ditore reports that the north of Kosovo will be addressed separately.
The document prepared for the purpose identifies laws and sections of the Constitution of Kosovo that need to be amended but notes that the issue of north Mitrovica is separate and as a result, the creation of the north Mitrovica municipality has not been listed as a priority for the Government and ICO.