UN chief emphasises importance of successful outcome to Serbia-Kosovo dialogue

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasised the importance of a successful outcome to the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, and called on both parties to remain committed to reaching agreements through mutually acceptable solutions.

A statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson on March 18 2013 said that the Secretary-General is “encouraged” by the commitment and determination of the leaderships in Belgrade and Pristina to achieve substantial progress in the context of the dialogue facilitated by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the UN News Centre said.

The next round of talks is scheduled for March 20 2013 in Brussels. The UN Security Council will also be discussing Kosovo later this week in New York.

“The Secretary-General calls upon both parties to remain committed to reaching agreements through mutually acceptable solutions,” said the statement.

“He stresses the importance of a successful outcome to achieve a stable and prosperous European future for the Western Balkans. He also urges both parties to conduct the remaining stage of the negotiations with the courage to compromise and the determination to bring about lasting stability in the region.”

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, but Serbia does not recognise the declaration. The EU has been facilitating dialogue between the parties on a range of practical matters.

Ban looks forward to discussing the progress with the parties in New York in the margins of the Security Council discussion on Kosovo, the March 18 statement said.

(Serbians demonstrate against the decision of the Kosovo parliament in February 2008 to declare independence from Serbia. UN Photo/Olivier Salgado)




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