Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/956/2.1 15 February 2006 1
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956 Meeting, 15 February 2006
2 Political questions


2.1 Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability
- Serbia and Montenegro
- Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro)

Item prepared by the GR-DEM

Reference documents
(GR-DEM(2006)CB2, SG/Inf(2006)1, GR-DEM(2006)5)

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Action

To take note of the synopsis of the GR-DEM meeting held on 9 February 2006 and to adopt the following decisions.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

956th meeting – 15 February 2006

Item 2.1a

Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability

- Serbia and Montenegro
- Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro)
(GR-DEM(2006)CB2, SG/Inf(2006)1, GR-DEM(2006)5)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the synopsis of the meeting of GR-DEM held on 9 February 2006 (GR-DEM(2006)CB2);

Concerning Serbia and Montenegro

In the light of the tenth monitoring report on compliance with obligations and commitments and implementations of the post-accession co-operation programme (SG/Inf(2006)1):

2. welcomed ongoing progress in a number of areas, in particular regarding the signature and ratification of Council of Europe conventions and the adoption of specifically requested legislation, where compliance is almost completely achieved;

3. called upon the authorities to intensify work on outstanding commitments of a broader and longer-term nature, giving in particular an appropriate follow-up to the general conclusions and recommendations contained in paragraphs 107 to 111 of the report. They should give priority attention to completing as soon as possible the constitutional reform, which remains the key to fundamental progress in areas such as the independence of the Judiciary, decentralisation, balanced democratic institutions, as well as to the actual implementation of the adopted legislation;

4. firmly reiterated that full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) must be achieved without any further delay in order to bring to justice all indictees still on the run, amongst whom Mladic;

5. agreed to continue monitoring co-operation with the ICTY on an ongoing basis and to follow developments concerning a possible referendum in Montenegro and the future status of Kosovo on the same ongoing basis;

6. agreed to resume consideration of progress on the other outstanding commitments in September/October 2006 on the basis of a new visit and report by the Secretariat;

7. invited the authorities of Serbia and Montenegro to continue their good practice of informing the Secretariat on a regular basis;

Concerning Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro)

8. authorised the Secretary General to use funds available in the field mission reserve (to the sum of €51 650) to support the work of the “Reconstruction Implementing Commission”.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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