Accessed 10 July 2000

UN mission signs compact with Kosovo Serbs
JUNE 29 --The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today signed a compact with Kosovo Serbs on additional measures to protect the freedom, security and fundamental rights of the community.

The head of UNMIK, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, and the leader of the Serb National Council (SNC), Bishop Artemije, signed the Joint UNMIK-SNC Understanding which lays down the "concrete steps" to be taken. On the basis of the Understanding, the SNC agreed to participate in the Joint Interim Administration Structure as observers for another three months.

Describing the occasion as "an important moment" for Kosovo, Dr. Kouchner said UNMIK was determined to improve the level of security for all communities in Kosovo, especially the Serb community.

The understanding foresees eight specific measures to be taken by UNMIK, including the development of a Special Security Task Force to protect Serbs and the deployment in Serb areas of a greater number of Serb members of the Kosovo Police Service.

Other measures include the appointment of one international prosecutor and two international judges in each district court across Kosovo; the safe and orderly returns of Serbs back to their homes in Kosovo; finding and freeing all missing persons in Kosovo; the delivery of essential public services to Serbs; and the protection of the Serbian religious and cultural heritage.

Document compiled by Dr S D Stein
Last update 10/07/2000
S D Stein

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