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UN's Kosovo Envoy Says Energized International Engagement Needed

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The United Nations' Special Representative for Kosovo, Farid Zarif (file photo)

The United Nations' Special Representative for Kosovo, Farid Zarif (file photo)

The United Nation's representative for Kosovo says an energized international push is necessary to help Kosovo and Serbia overcome their political impasse.

Speaking before the Security Council in New York, Special Representative Farid Zarif said, "A more active and deliberate international political engagement with the parties is needed very soon."

Zarif spoke following a visit to the Balkans last month by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which included stops in Serbia and its breakaway former province, Kosovo.

In related news, Serbia and Kosovo have sent their prime ministers to the UN Security Council in New York for high-level discussions over the future of Kosovo.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic reiterated on August 21 that his country would never, under any circumstances, recognize an independent Kosovo.

Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said Kosovo was a state recognized by nearly half the UN's 193 members and that its territorial integrity would "never be put into question."

Belgrade does not recognize the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority in 2008

An EU-facilitated dialogue between the sides, which was looking at disputed border crossings and other matters when it was suspended due to elections in May and the formation of a government in Serbia.

With reporting by AP and dpa

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