Security Council Briefing: UNMIK

Statement by H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom,
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York

New York, 14 May 2018

Thank you very much, Madam President.

First, let me thank my good friend, Ambassador Tanin, for his comprehensive briefing. We continue to welcome the good cooperation between UNMIK and its international partners such as EULEX.

Madam President, I will focus on three points today:

  1. The future of UNMIK;
  2. EU Facilitated Dialogue;
  3. Rule of Law.

1. Future of UNMIK

Madam President, my first point: the future of UNMIK.

Like other European Union Members of this Council, we firmly believe that the situation in Kosovo allows for a substantial reduction of the current reporting cycle.

We further believe that the Security Council should refocus UNMIK’s efforts so that the means deployed by the United Nations are tailored fully to the situation on the ground.  

In this light, we look forward to a strategic review of UNMIK as suggested by Poland in our February debate.   

2. EU Facilitated Dialogue 

Madam President, this brings me to my second point: the EU facilitated dialogue.

We commend High Representative Mogherini for her continuous efforts in this process.

The resumption of discussions in March was an important step towards normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

It should be stressed that in both countries the dialogue requires sincere political will and a united effort to achieve concrete results.

We call upon the Serbian and Kosovar authorities to move beyond the present tensions and prove their commitment to the dialogue by continuing discussions and by implementing agreements reached thus far.

3. Rule of Law

Madam President, this brings me to my third point: the importance of Rule of Law.

For peace to become entrenched in the fabric of society, Kosovo must protect and promote the Rule of Law and must hold accountable those who have committed crimes.

In that light, we note recent steps taken by Kosovo to reform its judiciary, but we stipulate that many more need to be taken.

Madam President, the Netherlands is host country of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Special Prosecutor’s Office. In that context, we express the hope that Kosovo will do everything to uphold its commitments and obligations.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Madam President, we are encouraged by the recent ratification of the Territorial Demarcation agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro.

We take this as a sign of Kosovo’s continued commitment to peace, reconciliation and good neighborly relations.

Thank you, Madam President.

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