The representative of the Russian Federation, the President of the Council for October, said in his national function that Pristina was still sabotaging the constitution of the community of Serb communities in Kosovo. On 14 October, Mr Hoti again ruled out giving these municipalities executive powers. He expressed the hope that the mediation of the European Union would lead to significant progress and noted that the agreements signed by the parties in Washington, D.C, and stressed that Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999) remained the international legal basis for a settlement in Kosovo. The rights of the province`s non-Albanian communities have not improved. The protection of Orthodox sites in Kosovo requires special attention. In this context, his delegation believes that Kosovo`s accession to international organizations, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is wrong. The return of terrorist veterans to Kosovo poses a threat to peace and stability in the region. “It`s a time bomb for security in the area,” he said. For places like Kosovo, which are still suffering from the consequences of past conflicts, cooperation, unity of political voice and vision, dialogue and prevention of extreme polarization must be a top priority. This solidarity, particularly in the context of the current pandemic, should be strongly focused on achieving a difficult balance between public health, economic recovery and human rights. In this sense, the heads of state and government of both sides should move resolutely towards a comprehensive agreement, peace and long-term reconciliation. The representative of Vietnam, along with other speakers, welcomed the resumption of talks between Belgrade and Pristina, as well as the recent agreement on the normalization of economic relations.

However, he deplored the persistent lack of implementation on the ground and called on both sides to take confidence-building measures to achieve a lasting negotiated solution. The United States has also launched new initiatives to improve relations between Pristina and Belgrade, culminating in a meeting in Washington, D.C. in September, at which economic and other agreements were signed, as Mr. Tanin noted. “Of course, the most important conditions for the negotiations are political unity, strong commitment and goodwill among heads of state and government in Pristina and Belgrade, and lasting international support,” he stressed, also stressing the importance of women`s participation in the peace process at all levels. , particularly in the ongoing dialogue between the two sides.

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