|Statement by Ambassador Wang Min at the Security Council Debate on the Situation in Kosovo|
I wish to thank Special Representative of the Secretary-General Farid Zarif for his briefing. I welcome the presence of His Excellency Prime Minister Ivica Dačić of Serbia at this meeting and thank him for his statement. I also listened carefully to the statement of Mr. Hashim Thaçi.
We respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia and understand the legitimate concerns of that country on the question of Kosovo. Resolution 1244 (1999) provides the essential legal basis for finding a solution to the question of Kosovo. China believes that the best approach in that connection is to find a mutually acceptable settlement through dialogue and negotiations on the basis of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and within the framework of the relevant Council resolutions.
The current security situation in Kosovo is generally stable. The implementation of the First Agreement of Principles Governing the Normalization of Relations has made positive progress. Local elections were held at the end of last year. Agreements were reached between Serbia and Kosovo on issues such as the integrated management of crossing points.
China appreciates the efforts of Serbia and of His Excellency Prime Minister Dačić to seek politicalsolutions to the Kosovo issue. We encourage Belgrade and Pristina to continue pragmatic and constructive dialogue, effectively implement the agreements that have been signed, effectively protect the legitimate rights of the various communities and consolidate the gains made in order to enable the population to benefit from the dividends of peace and development as soon as possible, while contributing to peace and stability in the Balkans and Europe at large.
China commends the work carried out by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) under the leadership of Special Representative of the Secretary-General Zarif and supports UNMIK’s efforts to continue to discharge the Security Council’s mandate. We hope that the international presences, such as UNMIK, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo and the Kosovo Force, will strengthen their coordination and work in synergy so as to play a positive and constructive role in facilitating a solution to the question of Kosovo.
Thank you, Madam President.