Outgoing EULEX head Yves de Kermabon said on Wednesday (September 22nd) he was happy with the mission’s performance over the past two years. Following his final meeting with the Joint Rule of Law Co-ordination Board, de Kermabon said it is important that the situation in the north remains calm and under control. As for achievements of the mission, he cited the deployment of EULEX’s prosecutors and judges, customs and police officers in the north. Asked whether he regretted that “big fishes” were not arrested during his mandate, de Kermabon called for patience, saying things could not be done overnight.
Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci praised de Kermabon’s performance and urged the international community to pressure Belgrade to stop interfering in northern Kosovo. Former KFOR Commander Xavier Bout de Marnhac succeeds de Kermabon on October 15th.