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Secretary-General Notes with Concern Adoption of Draft Laws to Strengthen Role of Kosovo Security Force

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General has taken note with concern of the adoption by the Assembly of Kosovo of three draft laws aimed at strengthening the role and capacity of the Kosovo Security Force.

The Secretary-General underscores that Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) provides the sole legal framework for the international security presence, the Kosovo Force (KFOR), entrusted with the responsibility to ensure a safe and secure environment in Kosovo.  Hence, any restriction to the discharge by KFOR of its security responsibilities would be inconsistent with that resolution.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and refrain from actions that could raise tensions and cause a further setback in the European Union-facilitated dialogue for the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

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