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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Security Council Debate on the Situation in Kosovo


I would like to thank Assistant Secretary-General Edmond Mulet for his briefing. I also listened carefully to the statements of Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić of Serbia and Mr. Enver Hoxhaj of Kosovo.

In recent times, various parties have made efforts to ease the tension in northern Kosovo. However, the root causes of the tension in the region endure, the situation in northern Kosovo remains fragile, and the risk of further escalation persists. We hope that the parties concerned will fully grasp the sensitivity and complexity of the situation, act with caution, settle their differences through dialogue and avoid any unilateral action that might further exacerbate the situation.

On the question of Kosovo, it is the consistent view of China that mutually acceptable solutions should be sought within the framework of resolution 1244 (1999) and on the basis of a dialogue among the various parties. A series of talks was held recently in Serbia and Kosovo, and some progress was made on some issues. We hope the parties concerned will increase their efforts and maintain and intensify their dialogue. This is not only in the interests of the parties themselves and the well-being of their people, but will also contribute to peace and stability of the Balkan region and all of Europe.

China expresses grave concern about allegations of human organ trafficking in Kosovo. No act in violation of international law and international humanitarian norms should be condoned. The Serbian concern about these allegations is legitimate. We are in favour of investigation by the United Nations into these allegations.

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has made tireless efforts, with positive results, to facilitate the stability and development of Kosovo and to coordinate the work of various international entities in Kosovo. China appreciates the efforts of UNMIK and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Farid Zarif, in this connection. China will continue to support their work.

We hope that UNMIK will play a greater role in facilitating communication and dialogue among the parties. We also hope that EULEX, KFOR and other international entities will strictly implement their mandates pursuant to the resolutions of the Security Council, and play a constructive role in stabilizing the situation in Kosovo.

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