Sutanovac, Rasmussen discuss security in Kosovo-Metohija
Belgrade, 30 April 2012 – Minister of Defence Dragan Sutanovac spoke today with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen about security issues in Kosovo-Metohija, with a special emphasis on the preparations and course of the presidential and parliamentary elections which will be held in Serbia on 6 May.
The Ministry of Defence says in a statement the Sutanovac welcomed the increase in KFOR troops and their preventive and temporary deployment, with the aim of ensuring the safety of all citizens in Kosovo-Metohija.
Sutanovac insisted that KFOR forces ensure the smooth running of the electoral process in the province, in accordance with the agreement made between the Serbian government and the OSCE and pointed out to Rasmussen that there are people in whose interest it is to cause incidents during the elections and urged KFOR to act preventively with the power of its authority to avoid any such thing.
The Defence Minister underlined that good relations that have been established between the Serbian Army and KFOR are of vital importance and that now both sides have to justify the capacity to perform the tasks that are ahead of them.
Rasmussen said that KFOR will maintain its status neutral position and that it will act within the mandate defined by UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Kumanovo Agreement.
The NATO Secretary-General emphasised that KFOR will do everything to prevent any kind of destabilisation and possible conflicts, because it is in the interest of KFOR to achieve a high level of security of everybody in Kosovo-Metohija, the statement adds.