Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has made it clear that Moscow will not allow Kosovo to join the organization and that UN Resolution 1244, which confirms Serbia’s territorial integrity, will not be amended.
Churkin hinted at the veto power Russia has as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which the country presides in August.
“…My words will not make anyone catch their breath while waiting for Resolution 1244 to be amended, replaced or canceled,” the diplomat stated, cites RIA Novosti. “You also know the procedures required to join the UN: a recommendation of the Security Council is required for that first of all, and the balance of forces in the Security Council is evident,” Churkin added.
In addition, the Russian Ambassador promised that Moscow will back Serbia’s draft resolution on Kosovo. Belgrade submitted the document to the UN General Assembly shortly after the organization’s highest court ruled that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, was not violating international law.
The draft calls “on all sides to find a mutually acceptable solution to all disputed issues through peaceful dialogue, with the aim of achieving peace, security and co-operation in the region,” the Sofia Echo cites the text.
Talking to journalists prior to the Security Council meeting on Kosovo, Churkin confirmed that the document will be discussed at the General Assembly session in September this year. “As for Russia’s position, we will support the resolution,” he said.
Russia has opposed Kosovo’s unilateral secession from Serbia ever since it was declared, and underlined that The Hague court’s ruling has not changed Moscow's stance. Belgrade & Pristina voice their positions
On Tuesday, representatives of both conflicting sides – Serbia and Kosovo – faced each other at the UN Security Council meeting in New York. Kosovar Albanian authorities urged the UN to cancel Resolution 1244 and to let Kosovo become a member of the organization. Encouraged by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, Pristina had filed a request to the UN urging its members to recognize Kosovo’s independence.
“`The time has come to replace Resolution 1244 with a new resolution reflecting realities created with the independence of Kosovo and the ICJ clearly ruling in its favor,” said Skender Hyseni, foreign minister of the separatist Kosovo government, cites AP.
“Our request for replacement of 1244 is in line with Kosovo's ultimate objective of becoming a UN member. Membership with United Nations is a goal we eagerly look forward to achieve as soon as possible, a natural step after ICJ ruling,” he added.
Earlier Hyseni applied to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the same request. The latter, however, said that the Security Council resolutions can only be canceled by the body itself.
Belgrade, for its part, maintains that under no circumstances will it recognize Kosovo’s independence.
“This is our constitutional imperative, as well as a political and moral duty, conferred on us by the overwhelming democratic will of our citizens,” Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić told the Security Council meeting, writes Serbian broadcaster B92.
The diplomat said that Resolution 12 44 remains key to sorting out the Kosovo issue. He admitted that there is no perfect solution to the situation, but assured that they will continue working until a compromise on Kosovo is found. “There must be an equitable one to which we can all agree; the one that will enable us to move forward, and ensure the consolidation of the gains the region has made in the past decade,” Jeremić said.
He also noted that a significant majority of UN member states, including the Security Council members, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia.
So far, Kosovo has been recognized by 69 states, including the US, and 22 out of 27 EU states. Serbia, Russia, China, India, Spain and Greece have insisted that the Albanian-dominated Kosovo has violated international law. Security concerns
Meanwhile, Moscow has voiced its concerns over the security situation in Kosovo.
“The dramatic events that took place in North Mitrovica in early July this year directly confirm this,” Churkin said, writes Itar Tass. “All this testifies to the need for the preservation in the Kosovo settlement of the leading role of the UN Security Council that should remain the guarantor of the observance of international law, the UN Charter and decisions of the Council itself,” he added.
Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary General’s Special Representative and head of the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), also said that the situation is far from stable. He also referred to violence sparked by the opening of a civil service center in Mitrovica by the Interior Ministry of Kosovo. Zannier said it “reminds us of the need for all sides to commit to dialogue as a necessary precondition for addressing the challenges faced in northern Kosovo.”
NEW DELHI -- India would not be recognizing Kosovo’s independence upon the opinion on Kosovo’s unilateral proclamation given by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
“We are analyzing the ICJ’s opinion on Kosovo. Our stance on the unilateral Kosovo independence declaration has not changed,” spokesperson for the Indian Foreign Ministry Vishnu Prakash.
The ICJ stated on July 22 that Kosovo did not violate international law with its unilateral proclamation of independence.
Indian officials stated earlier that the countriy's stance on Kosovo is based on India’s “firm position that all countries need to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all other countries.”
Indian officials also stated that they are concerned that the Kosovo question could lead to a “dangerous precedent” for other cases of unilateral secession around the world.
India is also dealing with a secessionist movement in some provinces of its own territory.
Kosovo proclaimed its unilateral independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008 and since then, 69 countries have recognized the southern Serbian province as an independent state.
Geez, it's politics, countries that don't recognize are those who got something to loose if they did. Like Spain that is worried about Separatism from the Basques. Those that do recognize, do it because they are angry with Serbia for past history between them, or because they don't have Separatism issues or simply kiss up to the U.S.
It's politics, decided by scum (politicians), not normal people who decide.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 25, 2010 21:32:41 GMT -5
Kosovo allocates $6 mln to "integrate" Serb-populated north.
The government of Kosovo, Serbia's ethnic-Albanian-dominated province which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, said it would allocate five million euros ($6.3 million) for the "integration" of Serb-populated north.
Kosovo's three northernmost municipalities, Leposavic, Zvecan and Zubin Potok, plus a relatively small portion of Kosovska Mitrovica constitute Northern Kosovo, an area populated mainly by ethnic Serbs, which functions autonomously from Pristina. The regions' administrative bodies are elected according to Serbian law and financed by Belgrade.
"The money will be used to integrate the north and implement state projects in this part of the country," Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci was quoted as saying by the public service broadcaster RTK.
The premier announced on August 15 his plans to build 200 new houses in Kosovska Mitrovica to make it "a fully united and integrated town."
Kosovska Mitrovica has been one of Kosovo's most troubled areas, with numerous ethnic clashes and riots reported in the past years.
Belgrade has repeatedly condemned Kosovo's plans to get Serb-populated areas under its control.
Leaders of Kosovo Serbs have not yet commented on the move.
A total of 69 out of 192 UN member states have recognized Kosovo, which unilaterally proclaimed independence from Serbia in February 2008. Serbia, Russia, China, India and some other countries have not recognized it, saying international law was violated.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 26, 2010 10:15:39 GMT -5
Westerwelle Deals Blow to Western Balkans EU Integration.
Novinite.com Bulgaria in EU | August 26, 2010, Thursday
German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle warned on an official visit in Belgrade that Serbia should not hope for EU membership if it fails to change its stance on the independence of Kosovo.
Westerwelle, who is on an official trip to the Western Balkans, said that Serbia has no chances of joining the European Union if it does not assume a more “cooperating” position on the issue of Kosovo.
“The independence of Kosovo is reality. There is no sense in denying facts,” emphasized the German federal minister of foreign affairs. Westerwelle's words implied that Germany views Serbia's stance, which refuses to recognize the breakaway province, as not dialogical enough.
The German senior diplomat further implied that the only acceptable scenario would be Serbia recognizing Kosovo and spoke of "neighborly difficulties" between Serbia and Kosovo.
He stated that the EU is not ready to admit countries that have outstanding external conflicts.
Westerwelle further criticized the Balkan country for taking up a UN rather than an EU route in its efforts to solve the controversy over Kosovo.
End of July Serbia recently tabled a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly regarding Kosovo, to which the US, UK and France staged bitter opposition. The draft resolution is to be voted.
Thursday Westerwelle met Serbian President Boris Tadic, PM Mirko Cvetkovic, as well as Serbian university students.
Wednesday Guido Westerwelle was in Zagreb, where he vowed the traditionally enthusiastic German support for EU-membership of Croatia.
Thursday Westerwelle is off to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital, before moving on to Kosovo's Pristina on Friday.
"He stated that the EU is not ready to admit countries that have outstanding external conflicts."
The same EU that invited Cyprus? I think what he says won't matter since Serbia is strategically too important in how it connects southeastern Europe.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 3, 2010 17:29:55 GMT -5
Serbian president travels to Slovenia.
3 September 2010 | 09:21 | Source: B92
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Boris Tadić will be in Slovenia today, where he will meet with Slovenian PM Borut Pahor.
Serbia's draft Kosovo resolution, submitted to the UN General Assembly, is expected to be discussed
Tadić will attend a private dinner with Pahor, it has been announced.
Reports said that the focus will be on what Ljubljana can do to find a solution that would satisfy most EU states.
Pahor was also quoted as saying that it is very important that Serbia has EU perspective and that Slovenia will support that.
Tadić's cabinet announced that this will be a working and official visit, while Pahor's office said the visit was private, and set to see exchange of opinions on "some current international issues in a friendly conversation".
Even though Pahor's cabinet did not specify what those issues were, the visit comes amid the pressure from the countries that recognized Kosovo, Slovenia among them, for Serbia to either withdraw or amend its resolution, that will be on the UNGA agenda in New York on September 9.
It is expected that Tadić and Pahor will discus this document as well, said our reporter in Ljubljana.
NOVA GORICA -- President Boris Tadić said that he is convinced that a compromise can be reached on the text of the resolution on Kosovo.
He said that a solution could be found that would satisfy both Serbia and the European Union and pave the way for starting dialogue on resolving the Kosovo issue.
After meeting with Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor, Tadić said that although Serbia respects the legitimate rights of Kosovo Albanians, it cannot accept dialogue with officials of the so-called state of Kosovo.
Serbia has no interest or intention to delay resolving the Kosovo issue, to freeze the process or to be unconstructive, he said.
He expressed hope that a solution would be found soon in talks with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.
Pahor said that it is in the interest of both Serbia and the EU to make the text of the resolution on Kosovo acceptable to both Serbia and the EU.
Open issues in the region cannot be resolved in a single conference, but through a gradual process, he said.
BRATISLAVA, BUCHAREST -- Slovakia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikulas Dzurinda said on Thursday that he had never said Slovakia would never recognize Kosovo.
Slovakia has always made it clear that it takes very seriously into account the interest and stand of Serbia, he said.
Slovakia should act in a way to convince Belgrade that it seriously counts on Serbia's integration in the European Union and that can help to bring about the necessary dialogue between Belgrade and Priština, he said.
Unilateral secession from a country is not in the interest of Europe and cannot help to solve territorial disputes, Dzurinda said.
Territorial integrity is a fundamental principle of international law but so is coexistence of different ethnic communities, he noted.
Meanwhile in Romania, another EU country that has not recognized Kosovo, President Traian Basescu reiterated on Thursday that this would not change.
Romania believes that Belgrade and Priština should pursue negotiations, he said.
The advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the issue was not made following a thorough judgment of the case, Basescu told the annual meeting of Romanian diplomats.
Basescu's view was reaffirmed Thursday by Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi who clearly supported Serbia's European perspective.
If Western Balkan countries, especially Serbia, do not have a clear EU accession prospect or if the fatigue of EU enlargement continues, there is a risk of tensions and instability in the region, he said.
Honduras recognizes Kosovo.
4 September 2010 | 09:17
PRIŠTINA -- Honduras has recognize Kosovo’s independence, according to the foreign ministry in Priština.
Honduras is the 70th country to recognize Kosovo’s unilateral independence proclamation.
The decision was announced to Kosovo Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni by his Honduran counterpart Mario Canahuati.
Canahuati said that the country “supports Kosovo entering all international institutions,” according to the statement from the Kosovo ministry.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 8, 2010 20:07:38 GMT -5
Serbia to harmonize resolution with EU.
8 September 2010 | 17:14 | Source: B92, Beta
BRUSSELS -- Belgrade and Brussels would continued negotiations regarding the resolution Serbia has submitted to the UN General Assembly.
More importantly, President Boris Tadić has received the government’s support to harmonize the text of the resolution on Kosovo with the EU.
Tadić has the government’s support to accept the EU’s offer and harmonize the text of the resolution on Kosovo with Brussels, B92 has learned.
At a teleconference the president received “absolute support” of the government ministers to do so. It is expected that EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Chief Catherine Ashton will be informed about the Serbian authorities’ decision this afternoon.
Serbia will have to inform the UN General Assembly this afternoon, which is supposed to vote on the document tomorrow, about the changes to the resolution.
The EU’s “common starting points”, that the Serbian president and Ashton talked about in Brussels, will be imbedded into the text of the amended Serbian resolution, which is supposed to be submitted to the UN General Assembly by the Serbian mission to the UN this afternoon.
The key item in the “common starting points”, that the EU member-states who have recognized and those who have not recognized the independence of Kosovo managed to harmonize, is the EU’s offer to facilitate the expected dialogue between Belgrade and Priština.
Serbia pointed out the need to begin negotiations about all open issues regarding Kosovo, about its status as well, in its original text of the resolution.
According to the deal between Belgrade and Brussels, it appears that an “open formulation” which is acceptable to both parties, has now been put into the document in order to strengthen peace and stability in the region, as well as “progress on the path toward the EU” and to provide a better life for the people in Kosovo and Serbia.
Romania and Cyprus have, at the same time, in a special annex of the “starting points,” made clear that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) did not go into the essence of the Kosovo issue and legal consequences of the self-proclaimed independence of Priština with its “advisory opinion” .
Official Bucharest emphasizes that the future of Serbia and EU’s relations is important.
Cyprus has pointed out that Serbia’s right to fight against Kosovo’s secession and to request negotiations on all open issues cannot be contested.
The adopted starting points also contain formulations that “it has been acknowledged” that Ashton’s guidelines for the talks with the Serbian president do not question the EU member-states’ right to base their relations with Kosovo in accordance with their own practices and international law.
Serbia is dropping a challenge to Kosovo's independence at the United Nations. Belgrade has removed the section of a UN resolution that called Kosovo's secession "unacceptable". The EU urged Serbia to withdraw its draft and focus instead on its prospects for EU membership. The modified resolution is the result of a compromise forged by the 27-member EU and Serbia. Kosovo seceded from Serbia two years ago after decades of conflict. Columnist for anti-war.com/ , Nebojsa Malic, thinks Serbia has much to lose from the agreement...
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Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 12, 2010 9:57:59 GMT -5
Kosovo must be defended by peaceful means.
12 September 2010 | 09:44 | Source: Tanjug
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić said that Serbia must defend its interests in Kosovo by peaceful and democratic means.
He said that the agreement with the European Union on the Kosovo resolution, adopted by the UN General Assembly late on Thursday, paves the way for dialogue.
It also upholds Serbia's right to defend its integrity and its legitimate interests in Kosovo by peaceful and democratic means, respecting at the same time the rights of Kosovo Albanians, he said.
Tadić said that the Kosovo problem can be resolved through dialogue and peaceful negotiations that should result in a mutually acceptable solution.
Such an approach to the state, legal, national, historic and vital issue of Kosovo is the only legitimate one, as it is based on the will of Serbia's citizens that has been reaffirmed many times in the past decade, he said.
The central principle of that policy is the stance that Serbia does not and will never recognize Kosovo's illegal independence, the president added.
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