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UN SC resolution 1244 confirms territorial integrity, sovereignty of Serbia in Kosovo-Metohija

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Belgrade, April 17, 2007 - In a response to the stand conveyed by US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns that the US will support declaration of independence by the province of Kosovo-Metohija, unless a new resolution is adopted in the UN Security Council, the Serbian government once again gives a clear warning that the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 explicitly establishes and confirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia in Kosovo-Metohija.

The Serbian government particularly stresses that the UN SC Resolution 1244 has binding power over all UN member countries and not a single of these countries may violate this resolution and unilaterally take a stand regarding the future status of the province.

The Serbian government has repeatedly stated that any such recognition of the independence of Kosovo-Metohija will be in brutal violation of the UN norms, the UN Charter and the valid Resolution 1244.

The Serbian government is giving a timely warning that Belgrade will reject any recognition of the independence of Kosovo-Metohija as invalid, since it will be nothing but direct interference in Serbia's internal affairs.

In that case Serbia will insist that the UN Security Council, respecting its own Resolution 1244, protect and confirm the inviolability of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia and its internationally recognised borders.