More dialogue needed to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia |
“Although this process has led to meaningful results on various practical issues, the full normalization of relations between the two sides has so far remained elusive.” Caroline Ziadeh says in his first six-month periodical address as the United Nations Special Representative.
“Mediation and resolution of past grievances should underpin the pursuit of important strategic goals“She added.
Resilience is very important
Acknowledging the ongoing situation in Ukraine and its continued impact on European security and economy, Ms. Ziadeh reiterated that the resilience of democratic institutions across the Balkans is crucial. in maintaining a safe and democratic Europe.
The shocks to Kosovo’s economy, however, were building well before the start of the conflict, she said, noting the impact of COVID-19 epidemic.
“In this context, It is even more urgent to find practical ways of economic cooperation between Belgrade, Pristina and all neighboring countries in the region.“.
Her call for cooperation came after the Serbian general election.
The head of UNMIK praised the peaceful logistics maneuver – supported by both sides – that allowed 19,000 eligible voters to cast their ballots at special polling stations in Serbia.
Unfortunately, however, a solution to facilitate voter participation in Kosovo could not be reached.
Following recent reports of attacks on the Kosovo Police, Ms. Ziadeh called for cooperation in condemnation and swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.
She also encouraged Pristina and Belgrade to find a lasting solution to their license plate and energy problems.
In these complicated times, the Representative specifically urges leaders to exercise caution in their actions and political rhetoric.
UNMIK’s legacy of support
The senior UN official clarified that the role of UNMIK is neither an obstacle nor a means to an outcome favored by one or the other.
Instead, she explained, the Mission continues the legacy of institutional support, working with a body of UN agencies, funds and programs to ensure conditions for a normal and normal life. peace for all the people of Kosovo.
“UNMIK remains at the heart of relevant subject area knowledge, experience and expertise… Support an active civil society, promote new tools to help Kosovo strengthen the rule of law, contribute to the empowerment of women and youth, provide expertise and support”.