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August 5, 2004
Question Taken at August 5, 2004 Daily Press Briefing

Kosovo Lignite Mine (Taken Question)

Question: What does the United States think of UN plans for a lignite mine in Kosovo? Does it represent a step towards economic independence from Belgrade?

Answer: We are pleased that the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has announced plans to build a new lignite power plant. It will better utilize Kosovo's considerable lignite coal reserves and provide major benefits for Kosovo--which continues to be plagued by unreliable electrical power--and for the region. It will also offer environmental and health benefits, as Kosovo's archaic power generation plants are replaced.

Under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, UNMIK has authority to manage publicly owned enterprises, foster economic development and reconstruction, and initiate projects such as this. The regional electrical system for Southeast Europe is highly integrated. This plant should become a reliable source of electrical power for consumers in Kosovo, and will help satisfy demand for power throughout the region. Hence, this plan should be seen as a step towards economic inter-dependence with the rest of the region.

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