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Joint statement by EUSR/EULEX/ECLO

16 April 2010

“We strongly condemn the attack yesterday on the lawyer in the Albin Kurti case, Mr. Avni Gjakova.

It is vitally important for the rule of law that institutions and those who have the duty to work within them are able to work without political interference, disruption or violence. Respect for institutions and those who serve in them is a fundamental principle of the rule of law in a democratic society and a core European value.

We call upon local authorities to protect the independence of the judiciary as part of the consolidation of the rule of law and advancing Kosovo’s progress toward a European future.”

Pieter Feith - EU Special Representative in Kosovo
Yves de Kermabon - Head of Mission EULEX Kosovo
Renzo Daviddi - Head of EC Liasion Office to Kosovo