UN / KOSOVO 07 FEB 18

07-Feb-2018 00:03:09
The Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) reiterated his condemnation of last month’s murder of a prominent Serbian politician adding that failure to identify the perpetrators would be “a terrible miscarriage of justice.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / KOSOVO
TRT: 03:09
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SERBIAN

DATELINE: 07 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

07 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo, United Nations:
“This court does not target any particular community or group, but only individual's criminal responsibility. This is something well known by many in Kosovo, who understand that repealing the Specialist Chambers is simply not an option. The only way forward is accepting justice.”
4. Med shot, Kosovar representative
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo, United Nations:
“In my meetings with leaders in Pristina, they made it clear to me that they are doing whatever is necessary to find the perpetrators of this crime and the motives of the killing. Belgrade is cooperating with the investigation, but concerns remain, including about the efficiency of information exchange. Failure to identify the perpetrators would not only be a terrible miscarriage of justice, but would also undermine confidence on all sides.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Ivica Dacic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia:
“The murder of Oliver Ivanović is a senseless terrorist act that threatens the stability not only of northern Kosovo and Metohija, but also of the entire region. Serbia's political leaders and State authorities called for calm and stabilization of the situation in the Province also on this occasion.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Ivica Dacic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia:
“The reality, however, is that, three weeks after the murder, we have no information whatsoever, except for the intimation by some of the Pristina representatives that a settling of accounts within local mafia is involved and that, surely, the murder was not ethnically motivated. These statements serve to obfuscate Pristina’s inability or lack of readiness to conduct investigation of this gruesome crime.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Vlora Citaku, Kosovo’s ambassador to the United States:
“Unlike what may have happened or probably occurred in the past, Ivanović’s assassination was a murder that did not incite ethnic hatred in Kosovo. In fact, local citizens and media and local politicians, both Albanian and Serbian, agreed that organized crime in Kosovo is to blame for this murder.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Vlora Citaku, Kosovo’s ambassador to the United States:
“In fact, if you look at the numbers more Albanians have been prosecuted and convicted for war crimes in Kosovo than Serbs. Something is tremendously wrong with this fact. Second, no court can ever re-write history or artificially impose moral parity. The oppressor and the oppressed are clearly defined in our recent tragic history.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) reiterated his condemnation of last month’s murder of a prominent Serbian politician adding that failure to identify the perpetrators would be “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

Addressing Security Council today (07 Feb) via teleconference from Pristina, Zahir Tanin called for a swift investigation into the murder of prominent Kosovar Serb politician Oliver Ivanović, who was killed in broad daylight in mid-January. Tanin said leaders in Pristina made it clear to him that they are doing whatever is necessary “to find the perpetrators of this crime and the motives of the killing.” He added that Serbia was cooperating with the investigation, “but concerns remain, including about the efficiency of information exchange.” The UNMIK chief said, “Failure to identify the perpetrators would not only be a terrible miscarriage of justice, but would also undermine confidence on all sides.”

Special Representative Tanin said the recent attempt to abrogate the law on the Specialist Chambers by a number of members of the ruling coalition in the Kosovo Assembly, drew attention and raised grave concerns from all stakeholders about Kosovo's commitment to justice and the impartial application of the rule of law. He stressed that the court “does not target any particular community or group, but only individual's criminal responsibility.” He added that this is well known by many in Kosovo, “who understand that repealing the Specialist Chambers is simply not an option; the only way forward is accepting justice.”

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic described Ivanović’s murder as “a senseless terrorist act that threatens the stability not only of northern Kosovo and Metohija, but also of the entire region.” He said Serbia's political leaders have called for calm and stabilization of the situation in the Province marked by President Aleksandar Vucic’s visit to Serbs in northern and central Kosovo and Metohija.

However, Dacic said three weeks after the murder, Serbia has “no information whatsoever, except for the intimation by some of the Pristina representatives that a settling of accounts within local mafia is involved and that, surely, the murder was not ethnically motivated.” He said these statements “serve to obfuscate Pristina’s inability or lack of readiness to conduct investigation of this gruesome crime.”

Kosovo’s representative, ambassador Vlora Citaku, said Ivanović’s “assassination” did not incited ethnic hatred in Kosovo as it would have in the past. She said, “In fact, local citizens and media and local politicians, both Albanian and Serbian, agreed that organized crime in Kosovo is to blame for this murder.” Citaku stressed that despite Ivanović being a controversial figure, Kosovo would leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice.

Turning to the issue on the Specialized Chambers, the Kosovar representative said Kosovo has an exemplary record in cooperating with international and local war crimes tribunals. She said, “In fact, if you look at the numbers more Albanians have been prosecuted and convicted for war crimes in Kosovo than Serbs; something is tremendously wrong with this fact.” Citaku said no court could ever “re-write history or artificially impose moral parity; the oppressor and the oppressed are clearly defined in our recent tragic history.” She said the people of Kosovo want justice for all the victims of the war, regardless of their ethnicity adding that a special court that was established with the voted of 80 members of parliament would not be undone by 43 signatures to have a debate about the court.
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