July 24th, 2007 05:42 EST
Situation Surrounding Consideration of Kosovo Problem in UN Security Council
On July 20, in New York, the western cosponsors of a draft UN Security Council resolution on Kosovo decided to recall it. We consider that this decision is a step in the right direction and attests to their consideration for the concerns expressed by the Russian side and other members of the international community about this draft resolution.
As is known, the draft did not receive support from Russia, because it is not based on a compromise between Belgrade and Pristina, cancels the far from implemented UN Security Council resolution 1244 and predetermines launching of Martti Ahtisaari’s plan to sovereignize the province.
We presume that after the draft’s recall will follow intensive work in the Contact Group to restart talks between Belgrade and Pristina. Its first expert meeting is scheduled for July 25 in Vienna. For continued dialogue the parties have the entire required legal base, above all UN Security Council resolution 1244.
We call for drawing correct conclusions from the previous stage of the status process. New rounds of talks should not be limited by time. Devising incentives to induce the sides toward a compromise will also be required, as well as using some additional measures for standards implementation in the province and compliance with UNSCR 1244 in full. The UN Security Council’s mission that visited Kosovo in April recorded the unsatisfactory results of the activity of the provincial authorities on these issues.
We especially note that the suspension of the work in the Security Council on Kosovo at this stage does not mean removal of this theme from the UN framework. The Council will have to take a final status decision based on an agreement between the Serbs and Kosovo Albanians. Only a verdict of the UN Security Council can be legitimate.
It will be recalled that attempts to circumvent the UN in Kosovo affairs will run counter to all the international agreements on Kosovo, destabilize the Balkans and stimulate separatists throughout the world.
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