Proposals of the G 8 Presidency in the Light of the Discussions on Civilian
Implementation in Kosovo, Gürzenich/Cologne
10 June 1999
The G 8 Foreign Ministers adopted the following general principles on the civilian aspects of the implementation of an interim peace settlement in Kosovo:
- Integrated civilian implementation structure to maximise effectiveness.
- A Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, as envisaged in paragraph 6 and 10 of the draft United Nations Security Council Resolutions prepared by the G 8 Foreign Ministers on 8 June 1999 should be appointed rapidly to lead the civilian effort.
- Other international organisations with relevant expertise to contribute as part of an integrated structure, with each Organisation retaining its own separate accountability,
- A Steering Board to give strategic direction, bringing together the, EU, the UN, the OSCE, the G8-Member States, the organisations involved and a representative of the OIC.
- Close coordination between the civilian and military presences from the outset.
- Civilian implementation structure to be deployed rapidly, as soon as a secure environment has been established.
- A conference of the relevant international organisations to be convened urgently by the United Nations Secretary-General to assign responsibility for the specific areas set out in paragraph 11 of the draft United Nations Security Council Resolutions as prepared by the G 8 Foreign Ministers on 8 June 1999.
- Particular priority to be given to the establishment and deployment of an international civilian police force, and to the training of a locally recruited police force, in order to take on responsibility for civil law and order as soon as possible from KFOR, as envisaged in the MTA of 9 June 1999.
- Given the scale of the reconstruction task, an early donors' conference in which G 8 member states pledge to play a full part.
- The restoration of stability in Kosovo to be part of a wider strategy for regeneration of the region, as set out in the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.
Source: Released at the Foreign Ministers Meeting, Cologne, "Gürzenich", 10 June 1999
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