Vulin: Unacceptable for UNMIK to Leave KiM

BELGRADE -Aleksandar Vulin states that Serbia considers it unacceptable for UNMIK to reduce the number of its troops in Kosovo or leave the province altogether.

Source: Tanjug
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Director of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) Aleksandar Vulin stated on Friday that Serbia considers it completely unacceptable for UNMIK to reduce the number of its troops in Kosovo or leave the province altogether.

Commenting on the statement of Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hodzaj that UNMIK should leave Kosovo, Vulin said that UNMIK is the guarantee of status neutrality of any agreement, which obviously does not suit Pristina.

All institutions which maintain a status neutral stand constitute a problem for Pristina because it is hoping for recognition of independence by the international community and Serbia as well, Vulin said and reiterated that there will be no recognition of KiM independence and that for Serbia, Pristina is not a state, and neither is Kosovo.

He recalled, primarily addressing the international community, that UNMIK came to KiM by the will of the international community itself and the UN Security Council, and only on their instructions can UNMIK leave the province. Vulin noted that it is a well-known fact that the UN Security Council is not even considering the possibility of reducing or withdrawing UNMIK troops from Kosovo.

According to him, UNMIK is an organisation which still has the biggest legal relevance for Serbia, and in keeping with the UN Security Council decision and the situation in the field, UNMIK is also the head of all international organisations in KiM.

Sometimes UNMIK forgets to use the authorities it still has, Vulin said and added that he wants to remind the troops that their failure to use their powers does not mean that Pristina will be satisfied, it means that it will be happy only after UNMIK departs.

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