19 February 2008 – In an interview with 24heures, the Director of the Cantonal Immigration Department of Vaud, Bernard Leuna, confirmed former statements by Swiss officials according to which Switzerland will not change its policy towards asylum seekers in Kosovo.

He distinguished between the situation of ethnic Albanians who already in the past could be forcibly expelled to Kosovo on the basis of the assessment that the security situation in Kosovo has improved, and Kosovo Serbs and Roma, whose security is still not considered as guaranteed, even after Kosovo’s independence.

He denied allegations that Kosovo’s declaration of independence could lead to a new exodus. According to him the only ones who could be tempted to leave are Kosovo Serbs, and if they would do so, they would go to Serbia, he said.

Romano Them