July 9, 2013
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Kosova, Farid Zarif, met with the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean.
Below is an article published by Act Media:
Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean on Monday (8 July 2013) received Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Kosovo (SRSG) Farid Zarif, who also heads the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the Romanian Foreign Ministry informs.
The two discussed developments in recent months in the Belgrade - Pristina dialogue, facilitated by the European Union (EU), about ways to implement the agreements under this process and their relevance for the rapprochement between the entire Western Balkans region and the EU.
Minister Corlatean emphasized Romania's interest in the long-term stabilization of the entire region, the removal of sources of divergence between the actors in the area and the strengthening of their commitment towards reforms that may contribute to the fulfillment of the goals arising from the relationship with the EU, the Foreign Ministry mentions.
The Romanian official insisted on the relevance of international missions getting involved in the settlement of various aspects of interest for enhancing stability and increasing confidence.
'The European perspective is a powerful and mobilizing stimulus for all regional actors and the direct benefits of a closer relationship with the EU are important to the residents of this region. We are confident that the decisions taken at EU level, at the last European Council meeting, will have a noticeable effect on decision-makers who need to initiate and implement the reforms required by a higher stage in the relationship with the EU,' said Minister Corlatean.
The UN official praised Romania's important contribution to the stabilization of the region and to international missions in Kosovo in particular.
UNMIK is the first international mission carried out in Kosovo after the adoption of Resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council in June 1999. The mission has been since successively reconfigured depending on developments in the field. The most significant change occurred in 2008 following the start of the activity of EULEX, a deployment of European Union (EU) police and civilian resources to Kosovo.
Farid Zarif has been fulfilling the responsibilities of Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNMIK head since October 2011.