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Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao at the Security Council Debate on Kosovo


I thank Mr. Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), for his briefing. China welcomes the presence and statement of Mr. Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. China listened carefully to the statement of Ms. Vlora Çitaku.

China respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia and understands Serbia’s legitimate concerns on the question of Kosovo. Resolution 1244 (1999) constitutes an important legal basis for a solution to the question of Kosovo. A proper solution, acceptable to the parties concerned, must be reached through dialogue and negotiations, pursuant to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and within the framework of relevant Security Council resolutions.

China appreciates the rigorous efforts undertaken by the Government of Serbia in seeking a political solution to the Kosovo question. We hope that both sides will continue with their high-level political dialogue, seek a lasting solution to the question of Kosovo and strive to maintain peace and security in the Balkans and the entire European region.

The current security situation in Kosovo is generally stable, but it faces a number of complex and uncertain factors. The parties concerned must effectively protect the legitimate rights of all ethnic communities in Kosovo, promote ethnic reconciliation, persevere in efforts to solve differences through dialogue and avoid taking any action that may further complicate the situation.

China appreciates the work undertaken by UNMIK under the leadership of Special Representative Tanin. We support UNMIK’s continued implementation of Security Council mandates. We hope that UNMIK, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo and the Kosovo Force will enhance their coordination and play an active and constructive role for a proper solution to the Kosovo question.

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