Statement by H.E. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti
Permanent Representative of
Brazil to the United Nations
The situation in Kosovo
New York, 6 July 2010
I welcome H.E. Mr. Boris Tadic, President of the Republic of Serbia, and thank him for his statement.
I thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Lamberto Zannier, for his briefing.
I also appreciate the additional information provided by the representative of the European Union.
I thank Mr. Skender Hyseni for his remarks.
We deeply deplore the incident of July 2nd, in the city of Mitrovica, which resulted in one tragic death and injury of several others. We extend our condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased.
We join others in condemning violence and calling for restraint.
We expect the appropriate measures to to be taken to fully investigate the incident and to bring those responsible to justice.
Although the overall security situation in Kosovo remains largely calm, the risk of ethnic tensions in the north has increased after this tragic incident.
All concerned must ensure that Kosovo is a place where ethnic tolerance and multiculturalism allow for a peaceful coexistence among communities.
It should be remembered that Resolution 1244 (1999) remains in force and therefore continues to be the key parameter guiding the UN presence in Kosovo.
Such position was expressed by Brazil in the public hearings conducted at the International Court of Justice, in December 2009, as part of the proceedings related to the advisory opinion on the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo.
As the Security Council continues to be seized of the matter, the opinion of the Court, possibly later this year, will be a crucial element to bear in mind.
Until such time, UNMIK should continue to play its constructive role in promoting engagement between Pristina and Belgrade. We expect both parties to cooperate fully with the Mission. Success in this area will benefit all.
Our collective duty is to ensure that every minority community can be protected from threats or acts of intimidation and harassment.
We join the Secretary-General's call to all sides to commit to dialogue, help diffuse tensions and keep peace and stability in the region.