EU requires Resolution 1244 to act as the basis for next EULEX mission

EU requires Resolution 1244 to act as the basis for next EULEX mission

Pristina, February 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The European Union has decided to make drastic changes to its European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo.

But, there are three things that it doesn’t want to change.

First, it requires Resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council to act as the legal basis for the work of this new mission.

“UNO umbrella for the new mission remains unchanged”, states the draft strategy. “Resolution 1244 of the UN’s Security Council will continue to be necessary for the legal basis of this new mandate”.

Deputy prime minister Hajredin Kuci declared that there will new exchanges of letters between Brussels and Pristina in relation to the conditions.

“We’re in the phase of negotiation and nothing is final. This is only an EU proposal. Our invitation, the decision of the EU Council of Ministers and the letter stating the ratification in parliament remains the legal basis”, said Kuci.

It’s not yet known if the recommendations of the government of Kosovo will have an impact in the amendment of the draft-strategy for the legal basis of the new mandate of the EU mission in Kosovo. /ibna/