|The meeting on implementation of Memorandum of Understanding on Civil Status Registration
between Kosovo and Montenegro signed in 2011. Photo: UNHCR Kosovo
3 April 2015
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) facilitated a technical meeting with the Kosovo Ministry of Internal Affairs, Civil Registration Agency (MIA/CRA) in Kosovo), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Montenegro about the implementation of Memorandum of Understanding on Civil Status Registration between Kosovo and Montenegro signed in 2011. Officials from Kosovo CRA/MIA, municipal civil registration officers of certain Kosovo municipalities and Ministry of Internal Affairs in Montenegro discussed the complex cases of displaced persons who need identity documents.
Kosovo Civil Registration Agency under the umbrella of MIA provided its direct assistance to displaced Kosovo Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian in Montenegro through the issuance of birth extracts, ID cards and passports. The cooperation between Kosovo and Montenegro institutions ensured reduction of undocumented persons and efforts in finding durable solutions to the protracted situation of displacement.
Kosovo CRA/MIA official, Besim Jonuzaj, said during the meeting in Peje/Pec that “mobile teams of MIA/ Civil Registration Agency units visited Montenegro four times to assist displaced persons to obtain personal documents”.
Discussions of the complex cases of displaced persons who need identity documents
MIA official said that “1,083 Kosovo Roma, Ashkali and Egyptiandisplaced persons in Montenegro are in need of documents”. In total, 973 were interviewed and 110 have not been interviewed yet. Mobile teams have delivered 646 birth extracts, 313 passports, 216 ID cards for Kosovo Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian displaced persons. Another 135 cases are still under the procedure to obtain documents.
Kosovo MIA/CRA official, Ramadan Thaçi, said that “this is a joint succesful project that enables freedom of movement, access to education andservices to beneficiaries”. He appreciated contribution of UNHCR offices in Kosovo and Montenegro, Legal Centre of Montenegro and Civil Rights Project (CRPK).
Montenegro MIA official, Mr. Branislav Perovic, underlined that the cooperation between the delegations of the Ministries is excellent. “This is a project to support displaced persons from Kosovo and are still in Montenegro. Thanks to the team work we achieved great results”, concluded the Montenegro MIA official.
There are still unregistered/undocumented displaced Kosovo Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian persons from Kosovo in Montenegro. According to MIA/CRA, 437 cases are not completed yet, out of which 228 complex cases were discussed during the technical three-days meeting held in Peje/Peć.
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