Kosovo and Serbia continue their battle in New York on UNESCO membership

Kosovo and Serbia continue their battle in New York on UNESCO membership

Pristina, 2 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

On 11 September, Albania has filed a request to the UNESCO Executive Council, to put Kosovo in the October session’s agenda. The request was supported by 44 other members of UNESCO, out of a total of 195 member countries.

President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga and her Serb counterpart, Tomislav Nikolic, are using their visit to the UN to hold a campaign against Kosovo’s accession in UNESCO.

The heads of the two states are in New York in the framework of the proceedings of the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga has met with the general director of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, to discuss on the importance of cooperation and responsibility for the protection of cultural heritage in Kosovo.

In his speech in the UN General Assembly, the Serb president, Tomislav Nikolic, criticized Kosovo’s idea UNESCO and called upon the international community to make more efforts in protecting the Serb cultural heritage in the former Serb province.

“If this request is granted, then this will become a precedent. It could legitimize violence against national, cultural and religious identity of any nation in the world”, Nikolic said in his speech in front of the UN.

On 30 September, in a special meeting with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, Nikolic said that the destruction of the Serb cultural heritage in Kosovo would be a real crime. /ibna/