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Tuesday, 06 October 2015

Mr. President,


My delegation would like to exercise its right of reply in response to the Statement that has been made today by Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Edi Rama.


Mr. President,


At this historic 70th session of the General Assembly as the Member States of the United Nations invest efforts to solve the problems and challenges that the international community is faced with, let me underline that the consolidation of international peace, security and stability continue to be priority issues for the Republic of Serbia as well. In order to achieve these goals, my country invests maximum efforts in strengthening regional cooperation, stabilization and reconciliation, for which it has been widely recognized and acclaimed. We therefore fully share the approach and vision of the Balkans working together.


Unfortunately, the Prime Minister of Albania again abused this esteemed body in his Statement today and misled the United Nations Member States by his contention that dialogue is being conducted between two States, Serbia and Kosovo, but not as it really is, between Belgrade and Pristina, i.e. the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government. Also, he is the only speaker in the UN General Debate who called on United Nations Member States to recognize the so-called independent State of Kosovo, contrary to international law and the principles on which this Organization, United Nations Charter and UNSCR 1244 (1999) are based. The call has been made at the time when we are witnessing an important improvement in the relations between Serbia and Albania, as evinced by the first visit by the Prime Minister of Albania to Belgrade after 68 years.


Mr. President,


All outstanding issues within the process of the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Priština are being addressed within the dialogue conducted in Brussels with the facilitation of the European Union. Needless to say, interventions like those made by Prime Minister Rama may jeopardize positive results of the dialogue and set back its progress in the future.


In conclusion, let me point out that the solving of the status of Serbia's southern province belongs among my Government's top priorities. We have demonstrated, time and time again, our readiness to make an active contribution in the efforts to reach solutions that would be acceptable to all, taking into account the legitimate interests of all communities in Kosovo and Metohija.


Let me set the facts straight: Kosovo, Mr. President, is not an independent State and is not a member of the United Nations. The esteemed Prime minister of Albania is the only speaker in the General Debate who called for the recognition of a part of a sovereign state. This is a hostile act, not only to a neighbouring country, Serbia, but to his own people in the Province, as well as to the prospects of the dialogue held under the auspices of the EU. Let me be clear and stress once again that Serbia will continue to use all diplomatic means in order to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity.