Serbia, EU decide on joint resolution
09. September 2010. | 00:44 07:54
Source: Emg.rs, Tanjug, B92, Beta
The Serbian government decided Wednesday to submit to the UN General Assembly a resolution coordinated with all EU member-states - the 22 which have recognized Kosovo's independence and the five which have not done so, the government press office said in a release.President Boris Tadic said on Sept. 8 that the joint EU-Serbian resolution on Kosovo would facilitate dialog aimed at resolving the Kosovo issue, the results of which would be confirmed by the U.N. Security Council.
The Serbian government will submit to the UN General Assembly a resolution on Kosovo coordinated with the European Union and urging for dialogue between Begrade and Pristina.
The Serbian government decided Wednesday to submit to the UN General Assembly a resolution coordinated with all EU member-states - the 22 which have recognized Kosovo's independence and the five which have not done so, the government press office said in a release.
This document is a compromise Serbia has reached in cooperation with the EU and fully conforms to the decision taken by the Serbian parliament on July 26, 2010.
The coordinated text closes the process before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and calls for dialogue between Begrade and Pristina, in keeping with Serbia's stand that a solution for the Kosovo issue acceptable to both sides can be found only through negotiations, and will be approved by the UN Security Council.
The draft resolution does not recognize Kosovo's independence in any way.
The draft resolution includes provisions from the UN Charter and offers to Serbia prospects for continuing to defend its legitimate national interests by peaceful and diplomatic means in cooperation with the EU and all important international factors, the release says.
The EU’s “common starting points”, that the Serbian president and Ashton talked about in Brussels, will be imbedded into the text of the amended Serbian resolution, which is supposed to be submitted to the UN General Assembly by the Serbian mission to the UN this afternoon.
The key item in the “common starting points”, that the EU member-states who have recognized and those who have not recognized the independence of Kosovo managed to harmonize, is the EU’s offer to facilitate the expected dialogue between Belgrade and Priština.
Serbia pointed out the need to begin negotiations about all open issues regarding Kosovo, about its status as well, in its original text of the resolution.
President Boris Tadic said on Sept. 8 that the joint EU-Serbian resolution on Kosovo would facilitate dialog aimed at resolving the Kosovo issue, the results of which would be confirmed by the U.N. Security Council.
According to President Tadic, the joint resolution is the result of combined effort and a consensus of positions of different countries -- those that have recognized Kosovo's independence, those that have not and Serbia, which is defending its legitimate national interests in a peaceful and diplomatic manner.
"The common denominator that has been achieved is the fruit of compromise, which means that after the ruling of the International Court of Justice a formula has been found that opens a dialog on future solutions, that cites the U.N. Charter and does not contain the recognition of Kosovo's independence in any way," Tadic's written statement says.
The president went on to say that the harmonized text was reached with "an honest desire to resolve all issue in partnership with the EU and all other important international factors, convinced that it is the only way to truly find a solution."
Tadic also said the process of harmonizing the resolution with the EU started at the Parliament session of July 26, when he promised talks with the EU and other major factors in the international community.
The U.N. General Assembly is due to debate and vote on the resolution on Sept. 9.
According to the deal between Belgrade and Brussels, it appears that an “open formulation” which is acceptable to both parties, has now been put into the document in order to strengthen peace and stability in the region, as well as “progress on the path toward the EU” and to provide a better life for the people in Kosovo and Serbia.
Romania and Cyprus have, at the same time, in a special annex of the “starting points,” made clear that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) did not go into the essence of the Kosovo issue and legal consequences of the self-proclaimed independence of Priština with its “advisory opinion” .
Official Bucharest emphasizes that the future of Serbia and EU’s relations is important.
Cyprus has pointed out that Serbia’s right to fight against Kosovo’s secession and to request negotiations on all open issues cannot be contested.
The adopted starting points also contain formulations that “it has been acknowledged” that Ashton’s guidelines for the talks with the Serbian president do not question the EU member-states’ right to base their relations with Kosovo in accordance with their own practices and international law.
Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Konuzin told Tanjug that Serbia was protecting its positions and international law principles with dignity and emphasized that Moscow would continue supporting Serbia in that respect.
We fully support the Serbian position and its draft resolution, said Konuzin on the eve of the sitting of the UN General Assembly.
He reiterated that, in the opinion of Moscow, such complex issues as the Kosovo one should not be resolved with unilateral proclamations of independence.
Unilateral moves are inadmissible and a stable solution to the Kosmet issue could be reached by political means only, namely through negotiations of the conflicting sides, he underlined.