Saturday, June 18, 2011

Serbia to propose new draft to UN Security Council

NEW YORK -- Serbia has made a slightly altered draft decision for the UN Security Council regarding organ trade probe, Serbian Ambassador to the UN Feodor Starčević says.

The UN Security Council (Beta, file)
The UN Security Council (Beta, file)

“This is a revised draft, prepared to see what the formulation that could be adopted should look like,” he told Tanjug.

In April, Serbia submitted to the UN a “concept paper” of its initiative to establish an independent investigative mechanism to check the allegations contained in a report by the Council of Europe (CoE) Special Rapporteur Dick Marty. Since then, the country has been working on a draft proposal that could be put on the UN Security Council agenda by a member of that body so that the issue could be discussed and a relevant decision reached.

Serbia proposes that a team be formed under the auspices of the UN Security Council that would be comprised of independent, competent and impartial investigators and headed by a special representative of the UN secretary general.

“During consultations between UN Security Council's permanent members held last week, Russia and China advocated reaching a decision on initiating the investigation, while some countries still opposed the idea,” Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said earlier, pointing out that Serbia should be armed with patience.

The announcement that UNMIK Chief Lamberto Zannier will soon leave that position and become the new head of the OSCE, Starčević said that Serbia was having consultations at the UN regarding the matter.

“If UNMIK appoints an unsuitable person as the body's new head, or if it delays the appointment, it can cause damage to us,” he concluded.

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