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Statement by H. E. Ambassador Li Baodong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Security Council Debate on United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

 (August 30, 2011, UN Security Council)

I would like to thank the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Farid Zarif, for his briefing. I welcome the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr. Jeremić, at today's meeting. I listened very attentively to the statement by Mr. Hoxhaj.

Recently, the situation in Kosovo has generally remained stable, yet it is still sensitive and fragile. The situation in northern Kosovo where ethnic minorities live is particularly complex. China is gravely concerned at the recent tension in northern Kosovo. We are of the view that the parties concerned should exercise caution and resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiations and should refrain from taking any unilateral action that could change the current status of the region and escalate the present situation.

The question of Kosovo has a direct bearing on peace and stability in the Balkans and Europe at large. China believes that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia should be respected. Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) serves as the important legal basis for resolving the question of Kosovo. The question of Kosovo should be settled in the framework of relevant resolutions and through peaceful means such as dialogue, consultations and negotiations among the parties concerned. China is encouraged by the recent progress made during the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo. We urge both parties to keep up the momentum and endeavour to find a mutually acceptable solution at an early date.

China commends the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo for its efforts to carry out its mandate under difficult circumstances, and we support the Mission's continuing contribution to maintaining regional peace and stability. We hope that the relevant regional organizations will continue to play a positive and constructive role in properly addressing the question of Kosovo.

China is deeply concerned at the illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo. No action in violation of international law and international humanitarian standards can be tolerated. Serbia's concern at such cases is fully justified. We support calls for the United Nations to conduct investigation into these cases.

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