Djuric: Diplomatic success for Serbia; Kosovo issue brought back to the UN outside routine Security Council sessions

Marko Đurić
Source: Kosovo Online

Serbian Ambassador to Washington, Marko Djuric, assessed that Serbia had achieved a diplomatic success at the UN Security Council session on Kosovo, as four out of the five permanent members of the world organization's body had condemned the measures of the Pristina authorities led by Albin Kurti.

"Objectively, Serbia has achieved a substantial matter by participating and the way it was presented at the UN Security Council. The Kosovo issue has been brought back to the UN at a very high level beyond the routine sessions of the Security Council. This is a step further towards delegitimizing Kurti's regime. It has become clear that he has scored a major political own goal on the international scene by pressuring the Serbs," Djuric said.

He emphasized that it had brought us one step closer to a very broad condemnation of Kurti's actions by the international community.

"Our voice has been heard, and the truth about what is happening in Kosovo and Metohija has been exposed. Furthermore, the international community has taken a step closer to the highest condemnation of Kurti's regime and the oppression of the Serbs," Djuric noted.

The Serbian Ambassador pointed out that 13 out of 15 Security Council members had expressed serious concern or condemned Kurti's actions regarding the decision on payment transactions, and four out of the five permanent Security Council members had condemned it.

"This is practically a step towards international condemnation and isolation of so-called Kosovo, as, as the President reminded the international public, more than 100 countries had not recognized the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo. In fact, the minority recognizes its independence," Djuric noted.

He pointed out that yesterday states that did not recognize Kosovo's independence could be seen clearly and unequivocally siding with Serbia on the issue of protecting the rights of the Serbs in Kosovo.

He conveyed that what was needed and what Serbia would advocate for was for the international community, especially key actors, including the US, which had developed mechanisms of sanctions, to implement more vigorous and stringent measures against Kurti's regime.

"It is necessary to sanction Kurti and his associates for endangering the human rights of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, violating international agreements, and undermining stability in our part of the world. What Kurti is doing directly corresponds to the description of several presidential decrees of the President of the United States regarding undermining regional stability," Ambassador Djuric said.