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Kosovo’s Special Police forces are monitoring the situation in the north after being put on stand-by by the government in Pristina. The biometric passports have failed to meet Kosovo standards.
Kosovo’s Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi says that as long as KFOR and EULEX are in charge of the security in the north of Kosovo, and estimate that there’s no need for an intervention, then the Special Police forces (ROSU) will coordinate with them. But, in case the life of the citizens is endangered, Rexhepi says that ROSU would then act on its own an intervene without coordinating the operation with the international forces.
The Austrian company OeSD, that won the tender to produce Kosovo’s biometric passports, has imported them to Kosovo without paying the adequate custom fee. Instead of specifying them as passports, they declared them as “brochures” and so damaged the budget with over € 300.000. The company’s representative in Kosovo, Natali Velija, was refused a protected witness status by the court, and is held as the main suspect in the disappearance of € 1.4 million.
The opposition Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, found a small door to enter the government milieu, by delegating its Vice-President Blerim Shala in the dialogue process with Serbia. President Atifete Jahjaga appointed him on Thursday as the Political Coordinator in the Pristina-Belgrade political talks, a position which Shala held traditionally.
Balkan Insight has not verified the facts in the original press reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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