Progress in Kosovo to be reported to UN

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised both Pristina and Belgrade for the active participation in EU dialogue.

Progress in Kosovo to be reported to UN

World Bulletin / News Desk

United Nations Security Council was scheduled to discuss the situation in Kosovo on Tuesday afternoon local New York time.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci will attend, while Serbia also will be presented by Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, a source close to the delegation from Kosovo confirmed to AA. "It will be on the prime-ministers level," he said.

Since April 19, when Brussels Treaty was sign by two political leaders from Pristina and Belgrade under the auspices of High representative for international relations and security of European Union Lady Catherine Ashton – two leaders Mr. Thaci and Mr. Dacic are regularly meeting to continue their dialogue for further normalization of the relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

In the UN Secretary General’s report on Kosovo for the period from July 16 to October 15, 2013, which will be discussed at the UN Security Council (UNSC) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon praised both – Pristina and Belgrade for the “continuing active participation in dialogue with the mediation of the EU.”

Ban also welcomed the tangible, but still visible progress in the implementation the agreement on the full normalization of relations. It is rather vehemently advocated progress in many spheres of ordinary citizens live -- experts say -- unimaginable until recently.

"Both sides have taken impressive steps to approach this goal and further progress in the normalization of relations, guided by the criteria of the European Union, will remain essential," said Ban Ki-moon in his latest three months report.

Elections were crucial

In his report prior to November 3, local elections in Kosovo, the UN Secretary General Ban urged all communities to come out and vote. He also stressed – the election is important for peace and stability in Kosovo. Ban then called on all parties concerned to show determination and “ensure inclusive elections.” In a revote round of election in the northern part of Kosovo – local Serbs participated as urged by government in Belgrade led by Ivica Dacic.

Experts say – Kosovo’s progress on the ground with the task of preservation of peace and stability along with the ongoing political dialogue are crucial both for Kosovo and Serbia's aspirations for European integration.

While there is no official dates, Serbia is expected to start its negotiation for accession to the EU in January 2014.

In September 2012, more than thirteen years after the end of the war, international supervision of Kosovo ended. Yet, significant foreign involvement and supervision in Kosovo is far from being over – including NATO based troops.

International presence

Some 5,000 NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) peacekeepers are still deployed in the country – with the participation of Turkey.

The mandate of the EU mission in Kosovo EULEX was renewed in 2012, for another two years, with an annual budget of 111 million Euro.

International Steering Group (ISG), comprised of 25 countries, that has been supervising Kosovo’s independence since it was proclaimed on February 17 in 2008 – decided to do. ISG said in 2012, that the UN Comprehensive Settlement Proposal - more commonly known as the Ahtisaari Plan – was “substantially implemented.”

In the additional annex to the latest UN Secretary General’s report to the UNSC on Kosovo, EULEX chief Bernd Borharta stated that the EU mission continues to assist the implementation of the Brussels Treaty (from April 19, 2013) in Kosovo, especially in the field of rule of law.

Serbia still did not recognize Kosovo, but more than 100 out of 193 member states officially recognized the Republic of Kosovo. Turkey was the first country to do so in February 2008.

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