UN SC session to start consideration of Serbia's initiative
12. May 2011. | 06:08 06:12
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will submit his three-month report on Kosovo at the regular session of the UN SC on Thursday.The UN Security Council regular session on Kosovo on May 12 in New York will be attended by Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, UNMIK chief Lamberto Zannier, and Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hodzaj.
Although the Thursday session of the UN Security Council (SC) will not formally discuss Serbia's motion for the Kosovo human organ trafficking allegations to be investigated by an independent body under the UN mandate, it will in a way represent the beginning of consideration of this initiative, Permanent Representative of Serbia to the UN Feodor Starcevic has stated.
“Serbia's initiative has become an official document of the Security Council. It has not formally become an item of the agenda, but it is now officially brought before the UN SC,” Starcevic told Tanjug on Tuesday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will submit his three-month report on Kosovo at the regular session of the UN SC on Thursday.
In his report, Ban expressed the need for a detailed, unbiased and independent investigation into the allegation of human organ trafficking in Kosovo presented in the report by Special Rapporteur of the Council of Europe (CoE) Dick Marty, a strong witnesses protection program and full cooperation of all sides.
This issue was already discussed by the UN SC in February when Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic announced Serbia's initiative.
The issue is now legitimate for discussion, Starcevic underlined, adding that he expects other countries to voice their position on the issue.
The UN SC members had such an opportunity at the previous session held in February when four of them expressed belief that there is no need for any other body but EULEX to conduct this investigation.
This problem will not be resolved on Thursday, and no decision will be made. However, the meeting will be an opportunity to check the views of the UN SC, Starcevic said, stressing that this is in a way the beginning of consideration of Serbia's initiative.
He underlined that no special UN SC session is needed in order to reach a decision on Serbia's initiative.
After reaching an agreement through consultations, the UN SC can schedule a session or adopt a resolution, or simply issue a presidential statement, Starcevic said.
The UN Security Council regular session on Kosovo on May 12 in New York will be attended by Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, UNMIK chief Lamberto Zannier, and Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hodzaj.