Press Releases

    23 May 2002

    Press Statement on Kosovo by President of Security Council

    NEW YORK, 22 May (UN Headquarters) -- Following is the text of this afternoon's press statement on Kosovo by the President of the Security Council, Shanmugam Jayakar, Foreign Minister of Singapore:

    Members of the Security Council discussed the situation in Kosovo, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, including the work of the Kosovo Assembly and its upcoming session.

    Members of the Council called on Kosovo's elected leaders to work constructively, in full cooperation with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, for the full implementation of resolution 1244, and to focus the attention of the Assembly on addressing the urgent matters for which the Assembly has responsibility, in accordance with the Constitutional Framework. Members of the Council reaffirmed the Security Council's position in its presidential statement of 7 March 2001 that the border between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia must be respected. Members of the Council expressed concern about reports that the territory of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been shot at from the territory of Kosovo.

    Members of the Council reiterated their full support for the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary General.

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