Situation remains tense between Kosovo and Serbia

 

Farid Zarif (centre), Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), briefs the Council on developments in the region and presents the Secretary-General's latest report on UNMIK.

Tensions caused by a commercial dispute continue between Kosovo and Serbia.

That's what the acting head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo, Farid Zarif told the Security Council during his briefing on Tuesday.

He said that the report of the United Nations Secretary-General presented to the Council paints a hopeful picture of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia as of the end of the reporting period on 15 July.

"The situation changed in the days immediately thereafter, beginning with the postponement of the sixth session of the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue due, inter alia, to continuing disagreements between the parties on the issue of the Kosovo customs stamps. On 20 July, Pristina announced the imposition of what it described as 'reciprocal measures' on Serbian goods, effectively putting them under an embargo."

Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 2008 and declared independence but Serbian authorities are still questioning that independence.

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