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UN Security Council Endorses EU Mission in Kosovo


The U.N. Security Council has expressed its support for the reconfiguration of the U.N. Mission in Kosovo and the deployment of a European police and justice mission there. Serbia and Kosovo have also endorsed the The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, known as EULEX. From United Nations headquarters in New York, VOA's Margaret Besheer has more.

In his latest report on the U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, known as UNMIK, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the accelerated reconfiguration of the mission and the deployment of EULEX.

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic expressed his support for the secretary-general's recommendations.

"I would like to see this report being implemented, and the stronger the language that the [Security] Council uses in endorsing and supporting the work of the secretary-general that involves the reconfiguration proposal as well as the deployment of the European Union law and order mission in conformity with resolution 1244 and the status neutrality that is laid out in the report of the secretary-general," he said. "The stronger this language, the better the chance we are going to have for implementation of this important work that we need to do together."

Kosovo's Foreign Minister, Skender Hyseni, also expressed his government's support for EULEX, saying its deployment is "critical" and that all citizens of Kosovo would benefit from its presence.

"EULEX will enjoy [the] full support and cooperation of the institutions and the people of Kosovo," he said.

But his government has rejected the secretary-general's six-point plan on matters concerning police, customs, justice, boundaries, transportation and infrastructure, and Serbian patrimony.

"We have rejected the plan in its entirety," he said. "Moreover, we made very clear that we will not tolerate, we will not permit, any action that does infringe upon the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kosovo."

Pristina says the six-point plan amounts to creating two, parallel chains of administration within the country. Kosovo also worries it would give Serbia too much influence over its internal affairs.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority declared independence from Serbia in February. Serbia, its ally, Russia, and ethnic-Serb leaders in Kosovo reject the unilateral declaration as a violation of Serbian territorial integrity.

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