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China calls upon Serbia, Kosovo to continue to solve differences through dialogue


10:38, November 30, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday said it deplores the tension that has recurred in northern Kosovo, calling upon Serbia and Kosovo to continue to settle differences through dialogue and negotiation.

Li Baodong, Chinese permanent representative to the UN, made the remarks at a Security Council meeting on Kosovo.

China is gravely concerned about the current tension in northern Kosovo, Li told the Security Council. "As northern Kosovo is home to ethnic minorities, all parties should fully recognize the sensitivity and complexity that characterize the situation on the ground, address their differences with prudence and through dialogue and negotiation and refrain from any action that may further aggravate the tension," Li said.

The ongoing dispute between Serbia and Kosovo over the control of two border crossings in northern Kosovo has led to several violent clashes between local Serb residents and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR).

China once again calls upon the parties concerned to take measures to ease the tension in northern Kosovo, and prevent the further escalation of violence, said Li.

"We hope the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and KFOR will play a constructive role in maintaining stability and the situation in northern Kosovo as mandated by the resolution of the Security Council," he said.

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