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KOSOVO’S MINISTER TOMIC PRESENTED THE EFFORTS OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITIES AND RETURNS AND THE GOVERNMENT IN PROTECTING AND PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS

Washington, D.C., 1 December 2012 - Kosovo’s Minister for Communities and Returns, Radojica Tomic, during his official visit to Washington D.C., was reassured that the U.S. Administration is focused in assisting Kosovo in enhancing its democratic institutions and in its efforts towards accession into European Community.

On his first day of the visit, Minister Tomic spoke at the roundtable "Presentation of Kosovo on integration of communities", organized by Creative Associates International. He expressed his satisfaction with the interest of American organizations in regard to the returnees and reintegration of minority communities.

During the visit, Minister Tomic also met with senior representatives of the State Department and National Security Council, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mr. David M. Robinson, Office of Population, Refugees and Migration; Coordinator for the U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, Mr. Dan Rosenblum; Director of the Office for South and Central Europe, Mr. Jonathan Moore; a special advisor to the Vice President on the European relations and National Security, Mrs. Cherrie Daniels and Director for the Balkans and the Caucasus at the National Security Council, Mr. Mark Fleming.

They all expressed a clear view that the U.S. Administration is focused in assisting Kosovo in enhancing its democratic institutions and in its efforts towards accession into European Community. In this respect, they gave a clear indication that they are willing to provide a concrete and continuous assistance to non-majority communities in Kosovo.

During his visit, Minister Tomic also took part in a round table discussion on "Integration or marginalization - the position of minorities in Kosovo" hosted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI). He presented the efforts of his Ministry and Kosovo’s institutions to protect and promote human rights. Attendees were particularly interested to hear about the developments in reintegration of minorities, the situation after the end of supervised independence and the specific effects of the dialogue. In his address, the Minister also touched upon the decentralization process and the functioning of the newly established municipalities with Serbian majority and minority political representation at all levels.

Minister Tomic had the opportunity to also meet with Mr. Chad Kreikemeier, Senior Adviser for defense and foreign policy to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and with the representatives of a think tank institution “The Heritage Foundation”. They all expressed a great interest and offered their input and assistance in the possible projects and initiatives of the Ministry of Communities and Returns.

Upon completion of the visit, Minister Tomic was interviewed by Voice Of America.