Kosovo parliament eliminates foreign supervisory committee Rebecca DiLeonardo at 10:44 AM ET
[JURIST] The Kosovo parliament on Friday voted 98-10 to eliminate the mention of a western-led supervisory commission from its constitution, effectively closing the office. The International Civilian Office (ICO) was created by a coalition of nations that recognized Kosovo's independence from Serbia and had the power to fire public officials and block legislation that threatened the liberty of Kosovo's Serb minority. The ICO has never exercised any of these powers [Reuters report]. While the parliament voted to eliminate the ICO, they also voted to extend the an EU mission supplying police, prosecutors and judges for the nation. The ICO is expected to close officially on Monday.
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