Bosnia calls for "constructive" efforts to facilitate dialogue on Kosovo

09:17, February 17, 2011      

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Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday called for "positive and constructive approach" to pave the way for dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade "in order to address and resolve long-standing issues" on Kosovo.

The statement came as Mirsada Colakovic, charge d'affaires of the mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations, was speaking at an open debate of the UN Security Council on Kosovo.

"We believe it is important that all stakeholders maintain their positive and constructive approach towards dialogue in order to address and resolve long-standing issues, which would contribute significantly to the consolidation of peace, stability and reconciliation," she said.

"The political developments in Kosovo, in particular the Dec. 12 extraordinary elections and their aftermath, have slowed down the momentum generated by the (UN) General Assembly resolution ... adopted on Sept. 9, 2010, which welcomed the readiness of the European Union to facilitate a dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade," she said.

"We regret that UNMIK was excluded from the Assembly elections process and could not certify the results," she said. " Also we note that the elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere and did not provoke additional tensions among the population."

UNMIK is the UN mission in Kosovo, which was established after Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999. Ethnic Albanians outnumber ethnic Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one in Kosovo.

In November 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended a welcome to the European Union's readiness to facilitate dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on Kosovo, voicing his hope to see an early start of such talks which will help consolidate peace, stability and reconciliation in both Kosovo and the wider region.

On Sept. 9, 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution jointly sponsored by Serbia and 27 European Union member states that acknowledged the content of advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice in July 2010.

That non-binding opinion concluded that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 did not violate general international law, a 1999 Security Council resolution following the end of fighting in Kosovo, or the constitutional framework adopted by the secretary-general's special representative on behalf of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

The General Assembly's September resolution also noted that the European Union is ready to assist in a process of dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade.

"Stability and security in Kosovo are significant for achieving lasting peace and prosperity in our region," she added.

Source: Xinhua

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