UN Secretary-General: Serbia and Kosovo must engage in dialogue

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo over the latter’s unilateral declaration of independence in 2008.

In bilateral meetings with three European leaders on the margins of a three-day summit on the Millennium Development Goals he expressed the readiness of the United Nations to contribute to this effort.

Talks with Serbian President Boris Tadic focused on prospects for a dialogue facilitated by the European Union (EU).

Last week the 192-member General Assembly by consensus resolution hailed the EU initiative and acknowledged the advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in July on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration, which Serbia rejects.

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