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UN's Kosovo Envoy Says Energized International Engagement Needed

The United Nations' Special Representative for Kosovo, Farid Zarif (file photo)The United Nations' Special Representative for Kosovo, Farid Zarif (file photo)
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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by: Darren from: Canada
August 22, 2012 23:59
I don't know what's more contemptible: the Serbian atrocities and the attempted genocide against defenseless civilians, or the total lack of remorse manifested by many proven by voting recently in favor of a gang of former Milosevic supporters. Serbs, give up Kosovo! You just happened to occupy it long ago, but that didn't make it yours. The time of colonialism has passed. And besides, if you had any conscience, you would realize that you lose the right to govern a people once you try to exterminate it..
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by: Micic from: Radovce
August 23, 2012 14:41
Very well stated Darren!

Unfortunately the intended audience will neither read nor heed your sagacious advice as they are so blinded by their own xenophobia.

I'm sure Mexico would still love to claim Texas as their own but that's not going to happen either.
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by: vn from: Belgrade
August 24, 2012 09:38
Thank you Darren for your constant generous reminding us of Canadian riches in arms being sent to the Albanians in Kosovo for the purpose of killing the Serbs, especially the returnees. It's a very fruitful plow-plight sharing business which the UN wouldn't dare to miss on. Hope you can sleep well in Canada even with the help of "sleeping pills" by your fellow non-natives, as most of you are. The feeling of contempt is mutual.
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by: Sasha from: Zemun
August 24, 2012 14:56

You have proof that the Canadians are providing arms to the Kosavars? Really? Please state your source or stop blathering unintelligently on this website.

Better yet: just continue with your usual diatribe about how NGOs (of which you were obviously part of at one time but must have been let go for sketchy reasons) are ruining Serbia. Once again, really?

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