|Remarks by Ambassador Li Baodong at the Security Council Debate on the Situation in Kosovo|
I would like to thank Special Representative of the Secretary-General Zarif for his briefing. I welcome the presence of His Excellency Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić of Serbia at today’s meeting. I also listened carefully to the statement of Mr. Hoxhaj of Kosovo.
Although the current situation in Kosovo is generally stable, it nevertheless continues to be vulnerable and fragile. We express our concern about the tense relations among the ethnic communities in Kosovo, and in northern Kosovo in particular. We hope that the parties concerned will take a cautious approach and settle their differences through dialogue, refraining from any action that may further complicate the situation or escalate tensions.
China has always maintained that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia should be fully respected. On the question of Kosovo, a settlement plan that is acceptable to all should be reached within the framework of resolution 1244 (1999) and through dialogue and negotiation between the parties concerned. Recently, several rounds of dialogue were conducted between Belgrade and Pristina, and definite progress has been achieved on certain issues. We hope that the parties concerned will increase their efforts and continue to push forward with the dialogue. That is not only in the interest of the parties concerned; it also serves the well-being of the people. It is also in the interest of peace and stability in the Balkan region and all of Europe.
The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has made unremitting efforts to promote regional peace and stability and enhance dialogue. China expresses its appreciation in that regard. We support UNMIK continuing to carry out its mission in accordance with the mandate of the Security Council. We hope that UNMIK, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo and the Kosovo Force will strengthen their coordination and play a positive and constructive role in promoting the settlement of the relevant questions.
China expresses its deep concern about the illicit trafficking in human organs. Any acts that violate the norms of international law and international humanitarian law should not be condoned. The concerns expressed by Serbia in that regard are justified. We support the United Nations carrying out investigations into the relevant cases.