August 25, 2016
Toma

Serbian Foreign Minister and First Deputy PM Ivica Dacic says he expects the UN Security Council session on Kosovo to produce “a fierce debate.”

He pointed out that Serbia insists on the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO), as well as on regional peace and stability – “but cannot accept unilateral acts, such as the declaration of independence of Kosovo.”

“We expect a very fierce discussion, primarily with representatives of Pristina. This time, too, their representative in the U.S. Flora Citaku will be (at the session) on behalf of Pristina, who is known for attacking Serbia in an unprincipled and strong manner from the beginning at each meeting of the Security Council, and I will, of course, use all means to oppose such a rhetoric and logic,” Dacic said.

“We insist on the formation of the ZSO. I will speak about all this also with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, after the meeting of the Security Council,” Dacic said.

The Serbian foreign minister, who is in New York, on Thursday met with Malaysia’s deputy PM and foreign minister, with whom he talked about tomorrow’s UNSC session and discussed bilateral relations.

The Security Council will on Friday meet to consider Ban’s latest quarterly report on the work of the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK.

Earlier in the week, Beta quoted the new report as stating that no major progress had been made in the implementation of the agreements reached by Belgrade and Pristina, while the two parties were exchanging recriminations for their failure to deliver.

The UN chief also reported that he was “still concerned over a wavering political focus on crucial issues, and because long-term priorities had been neglected over party interests.”

Ban “reconfirmed their commitment to the dialogue, but he also urged Belgrade’s and Pristina’s leaders to demonstrate fresh creativity, flexibility and a readiness for compromise, in order to make progress in the dialogue that would benefit all of the involved parties, and set Kosovo and the region on the path to stability and development.”

There were no high-level meetings during the period covered by the report, even though four technical meetings took place, the secretary-general concluded in the report.

Pristina insists that Belgrade has blocked the implementation of agreements on energy, telecommunications and the opening of the Kosovska Mitrovica bridge, while Belgrade is arguing that Pristina is making it impossible to set up the Community of Serb Municipalities, and is hindering Kosovo’s efforts to join international organizations, which affects the atmosphere of the dialogue, Ban Ki-moon concluded in his report.

The report also notes several incidents at religious and cultural sites.

Source: Tanjug