Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic will travel to New York on Wednesday for a session of the UN Security Council which will debate the two latest report on the situation in Kosovo, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Tuesday.
UNMIK chief Antonio Guterres will submit his quarterly report covering the July 16-October 15 period on the situation on the ground and the UN mission’s activities.
The press release said that Guterres’ report welcomes the continued engagement of political leaders in Belgrade and Pristina within the European Union-mediated dialogue to normalize their relations, adding that the Presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci have presented their ideas on demarcation as part of efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement.
The Serbian Foreign Ministry said the UN Security Council would also debate the previous quarterly report (April 16-July 15) which was not presented to that body in August because Great Britain, which held the rotating presidency, did not include it on the agenda.
Dacic will call the UN Security Council to continue regularly debating the UNMIK reports in future and will present an assessment of the current situation in Kosovo, “especially in the context of Pristina’s provocative and unilateral steps and the increased number of attacks on Serbs and their property”.
The quarterly UNMIK reports were presented regularly to the UN Security Council since that body adopted resolution 1244 on Kosovo in 1999. The press release said that some Western powers want changes to the format and regularity of sessions on Kosovo as well as cuts in the UNMIK budget but that official Belgrade feels that the situation on the ground demands an unchanged UN presence.