UN / KOSOVO

Preview Language:   Original
13-Apr-2021 00:02:22
“Kosovo remains under relentless pressure from the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” causing over 2,000 deaths in total, “one of the highest per capita” in the world, said the top UN official in Kosovo Zahir Tanin. UNIFEED

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: UN / KOSOVO
TRT: 2:22
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2021, NEEW YORK CITY

SHOTLIST:

FILE

1.Exterior shot, national flags at the UN Headquarters

13 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo:
“As in other places throughout the world, Kosovo remains under relentless pressure from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This latest reporting period witnessed two dramatic spikes in infections, one in November, and another which just began in March and is continuing. Although additional containment measures were reintroduced, beginning just last week, the running average of new infections is reaching its highest point since the pandemic began.”
4.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo:
“As of today, the virus is known already to have infected more than 100,000 people in Kosovo, and has caused over 2,000 deaths, one of the highest per capita. As part of the COVAX scheme, a first delivery of 24,000 doses arrived in Kosovo at the end of March, marking only the beginning of a vaccination programme. It will be essential to accelerate vaccine-related support to Kosovo, given the alarming infection rates and the spread of more virulent strains of the pathogen.”
6.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Nikola Selaković, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia:
“At the onset, I have no choice but to lodge a protest against the abuse of the video format of this session on the part of the representatives of Pristina in order to promote the symbols of the so-called statehood of Kosovo, despite the fact that the representatives of Pristina were warned on several occasions including by the president of the Security Council at the previous session that such abuses of the Security Council sessions are absolutely unacceptable.”
8.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Donika Gërvalla, Representative of Kosovo:
“The world knows, most of the adversaries even know, that the independence of the Republic of Kosova is a done deal. The earlier Serbia accept this reality the better it can get from its dark past into bright future.”
10.Multiscreen, Security Council in virtual session

STORYLINE:

“Kosovo remains under relentless pressure from the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” causing over 2,000 deaths in total, “one of the highest per capita” in the world, said the top UN official in Kosovo Zahir Tanin.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Zahir Tanin, briefed the Security Council in a virtual meeting on Tuesday (13 Apr).

“This latest reporting period witnessed two dramatic spikes in infections, one in November, and another which just began in March and is continuing,” said Tanin. “Although additional containment measures were reintroduced, beginning just last week, the running average of new infections is reaching its highest point since the pandemic began.”

Special Representative reported that “as of today, the virus is known already to have infected more than 100,000 people in Kosovo, and has caused over 2,000 deaths, one of the highest per capita.”

He said that Kosovo so far has received 24,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines as part of the COVAX programme, which arrived at the end of March, “marking only the beginning of a vaccination programme.”

“It will be essential to accelerate vaccine-related support to Kosovo, given the alarming infection rates and the spread of more virulent strains of the pathogen,” Tanin said.

The session of the Security Council started with delay, amid objections by some Council members to the display of Kosovo flag by the Kosovo representative.

In his remarks, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia Nikola Selaković said he has “no choice but to lodge a protest against the abuse of the video format of this session on the part of the representatives of Pristina in order to promote the symbols of the so-called statehood of Kosovo, despite the fact that the representatives of Pristina were warned on several occasions including by the president of the Security Council at the previous session that such abuses of the Security Council sessions are absolutely unacceptable.”

In return, Kosovo representative Donika Gërvalla retorted that “the independence of the Republic of Kosova is a done deal. The earlier Serbia accept this reality the better it can get from its dark past into bright future.”

Since Kosovo is not a United Nations member state, its representatives participate to the Security Council meeting under rule 39, by which the Council invites individuals to provide it with information.
Series
Category
Personal Subjects
Geographic Subjects
Creator
UNIFEED
Alternate Title
unifeed210413c
Asset ID
2612326