UN General Assembly hails EU move to promote dialogue on Kosovo

09:34, September 10, 2010      

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The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution here to welcome the willingness of the European Union (EU) to facilitate dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo over the latter's declaration of independence from the former in early 2008.

"The process of dialogue in itself would be a factor for peace, security and stability in the region, and that dialogue would be to promote cooperation, achieve progress on the path to the European Union and improve the lives of the people," the resolution said.

The resolution also acknowledged the recent advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legality of the independence declaration by the Provisional Institutions of Self- Government (PISG) of Kosovo.

The ICJ, also known as the World Court, concluded in July that the declaration did not violate either 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).

"At last common ground has been reached by ensuring the resolution is fundamentally a status-neutral document," Vuk Jeremic, Serbian minister of foreign affairs told the 192-member General Assembly in a speech.

However, Jeremic said that while his country will use the EU talks to promote stability in the Balkans, it still does not accept Kosovo's assertions of independence or the ICJ's ruling.

"The Republic of Serbia does not and shall not recognize the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo," Jeremic said.

Kosovo declared its own independent status in 2008. In 1999, the country broke away from Serbia and was subsequently under the UN administration.

On July 22, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), declared that Kosovo's declaration of independence was legal.

The advisory opinion, which is non-binding, was issued in response to an earlier request from the General Assembly.

Source: Xinhua


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