Latest News:  
Beijing   Light snow    3 / -2   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

UN chief hails border agreement between Kosovo, Serbia


09:28, December 07, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday welcomed the resumption of EU-brokered peace talks between Serbia and Kosovo on Tuesday, saying the adoption of an Integrated Border Management" (IBM) agreement would "pave the way for the normalization of the situation" at two disputed border checkpoints along Kosovo's northern border with Serbia.

Peace talks between Belgrade and Pristina resumed on Nov. 30, and the two sides signed the IBM Agreed Conclusions on Dec. 2.

The IBM Conclusions are expected to contribute to the " restoration of freedom of movement in a peaceful manner" along Kosovo's northern border, said a statement from the Secretary- General's press office, circulated Tuesday.

But the agreements will be tested early and often, especially at Gates 1 and 31, two security checkpoints on the Kosovo-Serbia border that have recently played host to a number of violent clashes between Kosovo Serb residents and NATO Kosovo peacekeepers stationed in the region.

The Gates have remained closed to traffic due to barricades erected by Kosovo Serbs, who object to the presence of Pristina- based security officials.

The makeshift roadblocks are manned by civilians, who have attacked peacekeeping troops with Molotov cocktails, rocks, and small arms fire in recent weeks.

But a new agreement between the sides may signal a new era in cooperation and peace at these embattled checkpoints.

"The Secretary-General urges the sides to further develop and implement, in good faith, arrangements based on these Conclusions, " the statement said.

"The Secretary-General also calls on all parties to honor the agreements reached in the framework of the dialogue, to refrain from unilateral action, and to actively support the de-escalation of tensions on the ground," the statement said.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Trip to 'Mars' takes its toll

  2. Sandaoyan Town

  3. Children freed from clutches of crime gangs

  4. Picturesque scenery of Changxi Village

Most Popular


  1. Chinese wind power has great potential
  2. 'Diplomatic war' may escalate conflicts
  3. ASEAN benefits from China's WTO entry
  4. Chinese schools need to tune in and chill out
  5. Flexibility for progress
  6. Clear the air today for a brighter future
  7. Private sector as catalyst for development
  8. EU needs stronger economic and currency union
  9. U.S. immigration-eyed investment risky
  10. November inflation to ease in China

What's happening in China

Can a ray of sun peak through the smog?

  1. Drink was 'deliberately' poisoned
  2. It's migrant payback time: govt
  3. US woman seeks her roots in Yunnan
  4. Beijing to get online water quality index
  5. Top biz school to pick students independently

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance