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28th Apr 2017

Full text of US and EU draft UN resolution on Kosovo

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The Security Council,

Bearing in mind the purposes and principles of the Charter of the Unitted Nations, and the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security,

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Recalling its resolutions 1160 (1998) of 31 March 1998, 1199(1998) of 23 September 1998, 1203 (1998) of 24 October 1998, 1239 (1999) of 14 May 1999, and 1244 (1999) of 10 June 1999,

Recognizing the specific circumstances that make Kosovo a special case, including the historical context of Yugoslavia's violent and non­consensual break-up, as well as the massive violence and repression that took place in Kosovo in the period up to and including 1999, the extended period of international administration under resolution 1244, and the UN-led process to determine status,

Reaffirming its commitment to a multf ethnic and democratic Kosovo, which will reinforce regional stability,

Recognizing the progress that has been achieved in the implementation of the standards for Kosovo and calling for their continued implementation in accordance with the European Partnership and the Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement (S/2007/168/Add.l),

Reaffirming the urgent necessity for more progress on the return of internally displaced persons and refugees;

Underscoring its determination not to tolerate violence, provocation or intimidation,

Recalling the jurisdiction and mandate of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia,

Determining that the unresolved situation in Kosovo continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,

Acting under chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

1. Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for his Report on Kosovo's Future Status (S/2007/168) and endorses the provisions contained in the accompanying Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement (5/2007/168/Add. 1) ("Settlement");

2. Requests the International Steering Group referred to in Annex IX of the Settlement, which is attached as Annex 1 to this resolution, to appoint the international civilian representative (ICR) in accordance with the Settlement, and decides that the ICR shall have the authorities described in that Annex;

3. Authorizes the European Union to establish a Rule of Law Mission to support implementation of the Settlement and promote the development of the police and justice sector in Kosovo, and decides that the Mission shall have the authorities described in Annex X of the Settlement, which is attached as Annex 2 to this resolution;

4. Decides that the international security presence established under resolution 1244 shall continue to be authorized to carry out its responsibilities following the adoption of this resolution; that, effective as of the end of the 120-day transition period following the date of adoption of this resolution, its authorities shall be those of the international military presence (IMP) described in Annex XI of the Settlement, which is attached as Annex 3 to this resolution; and that it shall be authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its responsibilities;

5. Decides that the existing international civil presence shall continue to exercise its mandate in accordance with resolution 1244 during the 120-day transition period following the date of adoption of this resolution, that it shall during this transition period implement the responsibilities assigned to it in accordance with the Settlement, and that during this period it shall consult with the ICR on all matters relating to the implementation of the Settlement;

6. Decides that, except as provided in paragraphs 4 and 5, the provisions of this resolution shall replace the provisions of the resolutions mentioned above;

7. Requests the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to continue to maintain a Mission in Kosovo, including a comprehensive field presence, to support the democratic development of Kosovo and the work of the ICR in accordance with the Settlement;

8. Welcomes the declaration adopted by the Kosovo Assembly on April 5, 2007, which accepted hilly the obligations set forth in the Settlement and declared that its provisions shall be binding, and underscores the importance of Kosovo complying in full with those obligations, taking note in this regard of the particular importance of the provisions contained in the Settlement on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and on the Rights of Communities and their Members;

9. Recalls the EU-Western Balkans Summit Declaration adopted in Thessaloniki in June 2003, and welcomes the reaffirmation by the European Union of its commitment to providing the countries of the region a concrete, tangible European perspective;

10. Requests the ICR to report to the Council every twelve months, beginning with the first report three months following the date of adoption of this resolution;

11. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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