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Kosovo Far From Stable - Russia's Deputy Envoy

© AP Photo / David BrauchliA Yugoslav special forces policeman shoots his rifle at opposing Kosovo Liberation Army forces as a Yugoslav Army tank driver covers his ears after coming under fire Tuesday Feb. 23, 1999 in the village of Bukos
A Yugoslav special forces policeman shoots his rifle at opposing Kosovo Liberation Army forces as a Yugoslav Army tank driver covers his ears after coming under fire Tuesday Feb. 23, 1999 in the village of Bukos - Sputnik International
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The situation in Kosovo is far from stable and should remain under constant international scrutiny, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told the Security Council on Friday during a debate about Kosovo.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and is recognized by 108 UN member states. Serbia considers Kosovo to be part of its territory. Dozens of countries, including Russia, do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

“The Secretary General’s report, Mister [Farid] Zarif’s [the Secretary General’s Special Representative to Kosovo] briefing, and also the statements we’ve heard once again convince us that the situation in Kosovo is far from stable, and should remain under constant international review.”

According to the diplomat, Kosovo's situation is complicated by the social and economic problems, and the rise in unemployment.

"Among youth it stands at 55 percent. That is why we think it important not to drop our guard, not to ignore the consequences of the conflict in the territory of former Yugoslavia.”

Besides, Safronkov highlighted the problems of "the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons" in the region, the resurgence and activities "by militant organizations such as the Kosovo Liberation Army" and "the failure to fully address the main issue, which is the establishment of the community of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo."

“The Security Council must on a regular basis keep what’s happening in the province under review.”

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