|Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Security Council Debate on the Question of Kosovo|
I wish to thank Special Representative of the Secretary-General Zarif for his briefing. I also welcome His Excellency Prime Minister Dačić of Serbia to this meeting, as well as his statement. I also listened carefully to the statement by Mr. Thaçi.
China respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia and understands 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. China commends Serbia for its efforts in finding a political solution to the question of Kosovo and welcomes the pragmatic and constructive dialogue that is being actively pursued by both Belgrade and Pristina. We also welcome the agreements that both parties included recently on telecommunication and energy.
China has taken note of the fact that the overall security situation in Kosovo remains calm, thanks to the efforts of the parties concerned. In the wake of the violence during the elections in northern Kosovo on 3 November, Prime Minister Thaçi and others concerned appealed to the electorate in northern Kosovo to put aside past grievances and participate in the elections in a responsible manner. China commends Prime Minister Thaçi for his efforts and is happy to see that the relevant elections were rerun on 17 November. We encourage both parties to continue the process of dialogue, effectively implement the agreements that have been signed and work in a way so as to maintain peace and stability in the Balkans and Europe at large.
China commends the efforts carried out by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) under the leadership of Special Representative Zarif, and supports UNMIK’s efforts to continue to discharge the Council’s mandate. We hope that the international presences, including UNMMIK, 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.