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Caroline Ziadeh, chief of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said, “Inconsistencies of commitment and action - local as well as international – have regularly limited progress in advancing normalization of relations” between Pristina and Belgrade. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 APRIL 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

27 APRIL 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Ziadeh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK):
“Inconsistencies of commitment and action -- local as well as international – have regularly limited progress in advancing normalization of relations. In the latter half of 2022, actions and reactions brought Pristina and Belgrade further away from the course previously agreed to in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue and even worryingly close to the edge of physical confrontation. These are the trends that responsible leaders must now work to change.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Ziadeh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK):
“Without an increased commitment to the mechanism of renewed negotiations, failures of confidence could worsen within Kosovo, with direct consequences for regional stability.”
6. Med shot, Dačić at his seat
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Ziadeh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK):
“Leaders should take responsible steps to reduce the likelihood of further stand-offs on issues which have degraded public confidence over recent months. These include matters which precipitated the withdrawal of Serbs from Kosovo institutions en masse in November and those which continue to polarize public opinion during the local elections conducted last Sunday.”
8. Med shot, Gërvalla-Schwarz at her seat
9. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Serbia:
“I want to state clearly here at the UN headquarters that Serbia cannot and will never recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, nor will it ever accept Kosovo becoming a member of the UN.”
10. Med shot, Gërvalla-Schwarz at her seat
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kosovo:
“A variety of worthy UN organizations are doing indispensable work for peace and stability all over the world. UNMIK has become a destabilizing factor that does not serve stability and peace in the region.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Caroline Ziadeh, chief of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said, “Inconsistencies of commitment and action -- local as well as international – have regularly limited progress in advancing normalization of relations” between Pristina and Belgrade.

Briefing the Security Council today (27 Apr), Caroline Ziadeh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo and Head of UNMIK, said that in the latter half of 2022, actions and reactions brought Pristina and Belgrade further away from the course previously agreed to in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue, and even worryingly close to the edge of physical confrontation.”

She added, “These are the trends that responsible leaders must now work to change.”

Efforts from both sides will be needed to realize the potential for a positive change in relations.

Ziadeh stressed that without an increased commitment to the mechanism of renewed negotiations, failures of confidence could worsen within Kosovo, with direct consequences for regional stability.

According to UNMIK’s chief, a sustained focus on the principles and declarations jointly affirmed on 27 February in Brussels and further elaborated on 18 March in Ohrid should be matched by courageous leadership action from the parties and the stewards and supporters of the negotiations.

She added, “Leaders should take responsible steps to reduce the likelihood of further stand-offs on issues which have degraded public confidence over recent months. These include matters which precipitated the withdrawal of Serbs from Kosovo institutions en masse in November and those which continue to polarize public opinion during the local elections conducted last Sunday.”

Ziadeh reported that the 23 April extraordinary elections were peaceful.

At the same time, questions of representation must be addressed as part of the broader political process that is now ongoing.

Elected leaders, police forces, and all civic services at the municipal level should genuinely reflect and fulfill the interests of their local constituents.

Also talking today at the Security Council, Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia, stated, “Serbia cannot and will never recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, nor will it ever accept Kosovo becoming a member of the UN.”

Representing her country, Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, claimed that the UNMIK Report contained errors and missed some events.

She stated, “A variety of worthy UN organizations are doing indispensable work for peace and stability all over the world. UNMIK has become a destabilizing factor that does not serve stability and peace in the region.”
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