Serbian FM to confer with UN officials on Kosovo

Other News Materials 5 April 2008 08:16 (UTC +04:00)

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic told Tanjug from New York Friday that he will confer with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his Kosovo team later in the day on all important aspects of the situation in Serbia's southern province.

Jeremic said he will insist on an official investigation, already requested in writing, on the March 17 developments during which excessive force was used by international officials in Serbia's view.

Talks will also focus on the interim agreement Serbia wishes to sign with UNMIK which should regulate the relations between Serbia and UNMIK and between Kosovo Serbs and UNMIK within the framework of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and following the unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence, he noted.

The holding of Serbian local elections in Kosovo on May 11 will be another topic, Jeremic said.

Another important reason for Jeremic's visit is the UN SC session scheduled for April 21, when UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker is to present his report.

The goal of the visit is to convey Serbia's views on the report and the situation on the ground to the greatest possible number of UN SC member-states and countries which have not recognized the unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence, to enable them to prepare for the debate, Jeremic said.

He also intends to discuss with UN General Assembly President Srdjan Kerim the modalities for a possible decision by Serbia to request from the UN GA to ask the International Court of Justice for its legal opinion on the unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence.

A decision to that effect will be taken by the next Serbian government which will be constituted after the May 11 elections, but it requires much diplomatic efforts in preparation, Jeremic said.

He also intends to confer with the ambassadors of several countries which have no permanent diplomatic missions in Belgrade.