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Serbia Considers Kosovo UNESCO, INTERPOL Membership Request Unacceptable

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Belgrade considers Pristina’s requests for membership in such international organizations as UNESCO and INTERPOL to be unacceptable, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said, addressing the United Nations Security Council on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On June 10, 1999, UN Security Council adopted a resolution 1244 which authorized an international civil and military presence in Kosovo.

"We are being faced with Pristina’s efforts and requests to be included in the work of international organizations outside the context of the Agreement on Regional Representation and Cooperation, which are unacceptable for the Republic of Serbia. The latest such examples are Kosovo’s attempts to become a member of UNESCO and INTERPOL."

Dacic noted that considering Kosovo’s membership in the such organizations "would be tantamount to ignoring, i.e. violating, the legal rules created under the auspices of the United Nations for the purpose of maintaining international peace and security."

"A territory administered by the United Nations under valid and mandatory Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), Kosovo is not and cannot be considered a State as a subject of international law and cannot, ipso facto, qualify for admission to organizations like the ones referred to above."

Kosovo, a landlocked region in the central Balkan Peninsula, has declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. Since then it has been recognized as a sovereign state by over a 100 UN member countries, including 23 out of 28 states of the European Union. Kosovo is currently a member of a number international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund and the Regional Cooperation Council.

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