Kosovo-"No Partition/Territorial Adjustments"
Kosovo - rising tensions and US diplomat appointed to investigate organ trafficking:
Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo Farid Zarif told the Security Council today (30 Aug) that while the situation has improved somewhat â€śit remains tense and unpredictableâ€ť â€ť following the recent clashes between ethnic Serbs and ethnic Albanians.
On 25 July, Kosovo authorities attempted to take control of two northern boundary crossing points. One person died in the ensuing violence that took place between them and the northern Kosovo Serbs.
â€śWe are of the belief that the recent troubles must be a wake-up call to all that rebuilding trust and promoting inter-community cooperation and understanding cannot be further postpones,â€ť Zarif told the Council.
Zarif, who presented the latest report of the Secretary-General on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), stressed the need for all sides to work together to avoid any further deterioration of the situation and allow progress to be made through dialogue.
Zahir stressed that there was a pressing need for leaders on both sides â€śto speak the language of peaceful co-existence and reconciliation and to accompany their worlds with concrete actions.â€ť
UNMIK administered Kosovo from 1999, when NATO forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians, until 2008, when Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. Serbia has not recognized it.
Serbiaâ€™s Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said the overall atmosphere during the reporting period â€śshould be characterized as deteriorating.â€ť
Jeremic also noted that that had been the case â€śfor some time now, for the roots of democracy have failed to take hold in the province,â€ť he said.
Meanwhile Enver Hoxhaj, representing Kosovo, noted that the International Civilian Office had recently concluded that Kosovo had â€śalmost completely finished the entire process of building democratic, transparent and multiethnic institutions that serve all citizens.â€ť
With regard to the authorities in Pristina, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin warned of open cases of â€ślaissez-faire.â€ť
â€śThis oversteps the mandate of the mission and undermines its authority. EULEX must strictly comply with the Security Council Resolution 1244,â€ť Churkin emphasized.
On the other hand, United States Ambassador Rosemary Dicarlo stressed that European Union facilitated dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade was not about Kosovoâ€™s status.
â€śKosovo is a sovereign independent country. Neither partition, nor territorial adjustments are on the table and such suggestions only sow fear and undermine instability in the region,â€ť DiCarlo said adding that the dialogue was about realizing both Kosovoâ€™s and Serbiaâ€™s European futures.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 2:30 mins
Country: United Nations
- Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)
- Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)