06 February 2007

UNMIK, Serbia fail to agree on electricity supply for Kosovo Serbs

BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - November 25, 2006, Saturday

Text of report in English by Belgrade-based Radio B92 text website on 25 November

Pristina, 25 November: UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] and Serbian government representatives yesterday failed to agree on the delivery of electricity to the province.

Head of the economic team for Kosovo and southern Serbia Nenad Popovic and chairwoman of the Kosovo Coordination Centre Sanda Raskovic-Ivic failed to reach agreement with UNMIK deputy chief Steven Schook on a Serbian government donation worth 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to the Serb enclaves in Kosovo.

The government statement reads that Popovic said technical conditions of delivery had not been agreed with UNMIK representatives, but also voiced hope that a solution to that problem will be found before 1 December at the latest.

He warned that due to delays, the problem of electricity supply to all households in Kosovo, especially Serb ones, was getting complicated.

Participants in the meeting also discussed putting back online the Serbian mobile operators' transmitters in the province. EU and UNMIK representatives stuck to their position that these two companies Telekom Srbija and Telenor - were illegal operators.

According to Popovic, it was agreed that the telecommunications experts will try and find a solution to this issue during next week, and added that EU and UNMIK have to accept the fact that Telekom Srbija and Telenor have licenses to operate on the entire territory of Serbia.

Source: Radio B92 text website, Belgrade, in English 1304 gmt 25 Nov 06