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Statement by Mr. Yang Tao, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations, at the Security Council Debate on UNMIK


 (May 12,2011, Security Council)

Mr. President,

I wish to thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Zannier, for his briefing. We welcome the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr. Jeremić, and also listened attentively to the

statement made by Mr. Enver Hoxhaj.

While at present the overall situation in Kosovo is calm, it remains complex and fragile. We are concerned in particular at the inter-communal tensions in Kosovo. China hopes that the parties concerned will make joint efforts to maintain stability and avoid any acts that could cause tensions to escalate.

China respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia. We have always believed that the situation in Kosovo has a bearing on peace, security and stability, not only in the Balkans but also in Europe as a whole. It is up to the parties themselves to find solutions that are acceptable to both sides within the framework of United Nations resolutions and through negotiations. Since March 2011, there have been dialogues between Belgrade and Pristina. We welcome this development and hope that the two sides will maintain a constructive engagement aimed at reaching consensus on a wide range of issues. China appreciates

the positive role that the European Union and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) have played in facilitating dialogue between the parties.

Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) remains valid and an important legal basis for a solution to the situation in Kosovo. China encourages UNMIK to continue its work, in keeping with the mandate given it by the Security Council, and to play a greater role in resolving the situation in Kosovo.

China is concerned at the issue of illegal trafficking in human organs, as mentioned in the report of the Secretary-General (S/2011/281). No act in violation of international law and international humanitarian law can be condoned. China shares Serbia.s legitimate concerns and supports the investigation into this matter by the United Nations.

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