Dacic: Kosovo cannot get more than 83 votes for UN membership

NEWS 31.10.202213:23
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Kosovo will not make it into the United Nations (UN) like Palestine because Kosovo wants to be a full-fledged member, said Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

Minister Dacic told the Happy TV morning show that “a difficult diplomatic journey” awaits Serbia.

He explained that Serbia has changed “the balance of powers” in the UN when it comes to the number of countries recognizing Kosovo’s independence.

“In the UN General Assembly Kosovo cannot get more than 83 votes from the 193 members,” said Dacic, adding that there are “different cases,” that “four countries have recognized Kosovo but do not vote for it,” as well as that “there are countries that change their position every six months.”

“But they (Pristina) no longer have a smooth majority in the UN, and this decision (on membership in the UN) has to go through the Security Council which is why Russia’s and China’s position is very important to us because they could potentially veto it,” said the Minister.

This is why I say the issues of Russia, Ukraine, Kosovo, Council of Europe and United Nations “cannot be viewed separately,” Dacic explained.

“And this is why I say there needs to be ‘a package for Serbia’, with Kosovo as the starting point, and I don’t think one such package exists at this time. We have not received any proposals that would serve as a basis for talks,” Dacic told Happy TV.