Prishtina, 18 January 2018 – Based on media reports in relation to the issuance of several decision by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, whereby renewing the mandate of diplomatic representatives, I inform you that this is fully compliant with the Law on Foreign Service, namely Article 22 and conform recommendations received by the National Audit Office.
The four (4) years mandate of all concerned diplomats has expired, calculating the date of their appointment in the diplomatic service, as provided for in the Article 22 of the Law on Foreign Service and Article 10 of the Regulation of Foreign Service (2009). Therefore, decisions have been issued to renew their mandate so they would be able to continue their work.
Also, we want to explain that the return of diplomatic representatives in the Republic of Kosovo is not related to these decisions and return of diplomatic representatives is carried out in compliance with another legal procedure based on Article 23.2 of the Law on Foreign Service and procedures determined in Regulation of Foreign Service (2009).
The renewal of diplomats mandate by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, has been done to address findings of the National Audit Office and to establish the principle of legality because the concerned diplomats have served in missions without legal mandate.
Other media reports are untrue because the renewal of diplomats mandate to a certain time does not mean and does not prejudice their return to the Republic of Kosovo, as, as it was mentioned, this is carried out under another procedure stipulated by law.