Kosovo continues to lobby for Interpol membership

Kosovo continues to lobby for Interpol membership

Authorities in Kosovo continue to lobby for Interpol membership. Kosovo’s Foreign minister, Behgjet Pacolli says that in the numerous meetings that he has held on the sidelines of Crans Montana Summit in Switzerland, he has explained why Kosovo’s accession in this organization is absolutely necessary.

“Of course, the main reason is security, fight against terrorism and organized crime. International support for our cause is growing on a daily basis”, Pacolli said.

According to the agenda published on Interpol’s webpage, this organization’s assembly will convene on November 19 in Dubai. Last week, Kosovo’s government has allocated a 1.2 million euro fund which will be spent to lobby for the country’s accession in this organization.

Expert of European integration, Avni Mazrreku told IBNA that the allocation of these funds is a positive thing, but it does not guarantee that Kosovo will automatically become part of this organization.

“The allocation of these funds is a positive step, but it does not guarantee that Kosovo will automatically become part of this organization. Accession depends on the effectiveness of Kosovo’s diplomacy”, he says.

However, Mazrreku is sceptic about the country’s access in the Interpol, while stressing that Serb diplomacy has managed to prevent the country’s accession in different international organizations.

Interpol’s Assembly General is made up of delegates appointed by governments of member countries, where each member has the right of one vote. For Kosovo to become a member of Interpol, then 2/3 of the members should vote in its favour. /ibna/