Interim Administrative Council allocates nine additional departments: The Interim Administrative Council for Kosovo (IAC) today allocated an additional nine administrative departments to political parties and Independents, bringing the total number of departments allocated so far to 15 out of the 19 originally proposed. UNMIK said in a statement issued in Pristina that two departments were allocated to each of three political parties and three departments were reserved for Independents. Nominees appointed by the parties and UNMIK will co-head the departments. The LDK (Kosovo Democratic League) will co-head General Public Services and Post & Telecommunications. The PPDK (Democratic Progress Party of Kosovo) will co-head Health and Social Security and Civil Security & Emergency Preparedness. The LBD (United Democratic League) will co-head Utilities and Non-Resident Affairs.
Democratization and Civil Society, Culture, and Youth and Sports were allocated to Independents, while the four remaining departments of Labour and Employment, Transport and Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Environment will be allocated to minorities. In addition, the IAC appointed Prof. Musa Limani (PPDK) and Mr. Ian Fletcher (Deputy to the DSRSG of the EU) to co-head the Department of Trade and Industry. This brings to six the number of departments to which co-heads have been named.
Kouchner says level of violence is "unacceptable": Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo, Dr. Bernard Kouchner today told the Interim Administrative Council that the level of violence in the province continues to be "unacceptable". Briefing the Council in Pristina on the security situation, Dr. Kouchner said despite the cold weather which normally decreased the incidents of crime, the past ten days had seen several violent incidents, especially targeting minority groups. He noted cases of brutal murders, arson and bombings against various minority communities and called for more help from the local population and the local leadership to uncover information about these crimes.
UNMIK calls for a common approach to housing reconstruction: UNMIK has strongly urged donors and agencies involved in the reconstruction of houses in Kosovo to adopt a common approach, so as to make the best use of limited resources. In a statement issued today, UNMIK said that good co-ordination is critical to the success of the 2000 rehabilitation programme. In a meeting last Thursday in Pristina with donors and agencies, UNMIK recommended that agreements be reached on the selection criteria for beneficiaries, common standards of rehabilitation, mechanism(s) for implementation of donor-assisted rehabilitation programmes and overall co-ordination.