STATEMENT BY H.E. AMBASSADOR LE LUONG MINH
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF VIET NAM AT THE EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON THE SITUATION IN KOSOVO
New York, 18 February 2008
Again, the Security Council is meeting to discuss an emergency situation created by the unilateral declaration of independence by the province of Kosovo from the Republic of Serbia. I thank Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his report on the situation. I also thank the President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Boris Tadic, for his statement.
As a member of the United Nations and of the Security Council, Viet Nam has been consistent is its position that any solution to the issue of Kosovo, including the issue of its future status, must be based on the fundamental principles of international law, the United Nations Charter and the provisions of resolution 1244 (1999) adopted by the Security Council with the consent of the parties concerned. All fundamental principles of international law and the United Nations Charter are important because they are fundamental. Among the most important principles is that of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States. It should be recalled that resolution 1244 (1999) of the Security Council, while providing for a future status for Kosovo to be negotiated and agreed upon by the parties concerned, did reaffirm the commitments of Member States of the United Nations for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the successor State of which is now the Republic of Serbia, and of the other States of the region.
Proceeding from this position, Viet Nam has persistently urged the parties concerned, with the support of the international community, the United Nations and, until recently, the Troika comprising of the United States, Russia and the E.U., to engage in good faith dialogue and peaceful negotiations to resolve their differences and arrive at a durable comprehensive solution conforming to the fundamental principles of international law, the United Nations Charter and the provisions of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) that I mentioned above in the interests of peace and stability not only of Kosovo, but also of the Balkans, Europe and the world.
In the context of the earnest appeals of the international community, many UN Member States, including many members of the Security Council, for continued efforts to find a negotiated settlement, the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo was not in conformity with resolution 1244 (1999) of the Security Council and will only add to tension in Kosovo and the Balkans, deepen division in Europe. By creating a dangerous precedent, this development has negative implications for international peace and security. Prompt reactions in the Balkans, in the very heart of Europe and in the world testify to these worries. Viet Nam will continue to follow the situation closely. We call upon the parties concerned to act responsibly, exercise restraints, refrain from acts of violence and undertake measures to protect civilians and UN personnel discharging their duties on the ground. We urge the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in implementation of its mandate to provide such protection.
I thank you, Mr. President!
Viet Nam's Delegation at the Security Council