Monday, January 4, 2010

Minister speaks on problems in Kosovo
3 January 2010 | 11:05 | Source: FoNet
BELGRADE -- Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović said that the government is committed in its fight for Kosovo and strengthening the economy of the Serb community.

Goran Bogdanović (FoNet archive)
Goran Bogdanović (FoNet archive)

He repeated that the only legitimate local self-administration in Kosovo is made up of the people that were elected by Serbian law during the May 11, 2008 elections, but added that his ministry will take care of all Serbs living in Kosovo.

He said that Serbs in the province can survive only if they are able to live and work there, and not through social programs and humanitarian aid, adding that security problems in Kosovo are greater than the problem of poverty.

Bogdanović said that his ministry is putting great effort into improving security in Kosovo, so that Serbs and other non-Albanians can move freely throughout the territory without people being looked according to ethnicity.

He said that the ministry is working on achieving maximum freedom of movement through talks with KFOR, EULEX and UNMIK.

The Serbian government has also set aside significant funds aimed at helping the unemployed in Kosovo, with some EUR 5,000-6,000 for every unemployed person from the state, to be used in the right way and to help open up new jobs, he said.

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