Vienna, 29 November 2007 Press release

Plassnik: "Security in Kosovo – an essential task of the international community"


Vienna, 29 November 2007 - "Security in Kosovo will only be possible if it is ensured that it will be available for all people living there," stated Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik in the lead-up to the Conference on Security for All in Kosovo scheduled to take place tomorrow in Vienna.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Kosovo, Joachim Rücker, and the European Council’s Deputy Director-General for European Security and Defence Policy and Operations, Pieter Feith, are expected to attend the conference, which will start at 3.30 p.m. in the Kleiner Redoutensaal of the Hofburg Palace.

"Particularly these days when important decisions on Kosovo’s further development are about to be taken, it is important for the international community to re-emphasise that it continues to feel co-responsible for the security of all inhabitants of Kosovo and that it will continue to make a contribution to securing peace as long as this proves necessary," stated Plassnik.

With KFOR, NATO is carrying out its military peacekeeping mission in Kosovo within the framework of a UN mandate. The United Nations is responsible for UNMIK, the civilian mission in Kosovo, while the EU is preparing a rule of law mission. NATO, the UN and the EU therefore represent the international community’s commitment to security in Kosovo. Austria is also making a comprehensive contribution to these missions in terms of personnel and funds.

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