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China urges parties to refrain from unilateral action in solving Kosovo issue

(Xinhua)

10:35, August 31, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- China's UN Ambassador Li Baodong on Tuesday urged relevant parties to refrain from taking any unilateral actions that may escalate the current situation in Kosovo.

Li made the statement when addressing a Security Council open meeting on Kosovo. He told the meeting that China is gravely concerned about the recent tension in northern Kosovo.

"We hold the view that relevant parties should exercise caution, resolve differences through dialogues and negotiations, refrain from taking any unilateral actions that may change the current status of the region and escalate the present situation," Li said.

The question of Kosovo touched on the peace and stability of the Balkan region and the Europe at large. China believed that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia should be respected, Li said. "The Kosovo issue should be settled within relevant Security Council resolutions, and through the peaceful means of dialogues, consultations and negotiations by parties concerned."

"China is encouraged by the recent progress made in the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, and urges the two parties to keep up the momentum, and endeavor to find a solution mutually acceptable in an early date," Li said.

He also pointed out that China is deeply concerned about the illicit trafficking of human organs in Kosovo. Any violation of international law and international humanitarian law is intolerable. China supports the UN to undertake investigations on the issue.

Ethnic Serbs attacked and set fire to a security post on Kosovo 's northern border with Serbia in July. The attack followed an incident where Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci sent police to take over two disputed border crossings.

Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina has been taking place to try and negotiate solutions to problems still plaguing the relations between the two sides. Kosovo became separate from Serbia in 1999 and declared its own independence in 2008. The two remain at odds over sovereignty and borders in North Kosovo where a significant ethnic Serb community remains and has resisted Pristina's rule.

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