Jeremić: Kosovo will join UN over my dead body

BELGRADE -- FM Vuk Jeremić says that Kosovo's move to join the UN during his upcoming presidency of the UN General Assembly would be "an act of pointless provocation".

Vuk Jeremić (Tanjug, file)
Vuk Jeremić (Tanjug, file)

Serbia's outgoing chief of diplomacy added that such a move "would have no chance whatsoever of succeeding".

"As long as Serbia presides over the UN, and that's for the next year, this could only happen over my dead body," Jeremić told a news conference after a meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis in Belgrade.

Jeremić will take over as UN General Assembly president in September.

Addressing reporters today, he also expressed hope that such an application would not be filed by the authorities in Priština.

In reference to Russia and China, Jeremić noted that "two UN Security Council member countries with right of veto have a clear position on Kosovo, just like Serbia, which is that Kosovo is not a country and cannot become a member of the world organization".

Kosovo's ethnic Albanians unilaterally declared independence in early 2008 - a proclamation that Serbia rejected as illegal.