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Representatives of the European Committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) recently held high-level talks in Pristina, in order to discuss the modalities to enable the CPT to continue its work in Kosovo in line with the existing Agreement signed in August 2004 between the Council of Europe and the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK).

In the context of these talks, which were held from 9 to 11 December 2008, the CPT’s representatives met the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Kosovo, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Werner Almhofer, the Deputy Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX), Mr Roy Reeve, as well as senior officials of UNMIK, the OSCE and EULEX. Under the auspices of UNMIK, discussions were also held with representatives of the Advisory Office on Good Governance and Human Rights of the Kosovo authorities.

Separately, consultations were held with the Chief of Staff of KFOR, Brigadier General David H. Berger, on the continuation of the CPT’s work with regard to KFOR’s powers to deprive persons of their liberty.

The CPT’s representatives were Ms Renate Kicker, 1st Vice-President of the CPT, Mr Tim Dalton, member of the CPT, and Mr Michael Neurauter, Head of Division in the Committee’s Secretariat.

*   “All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo”.

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