Russian ambassador weighs in on Pristina's UNESCO bid
Kosovo joining UNESCO would be a direct violation of international law, but also of the UN Charter and UNSC Resolution 1244, which nobody has abolished.Source: Tanjug
That is how Russian Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandar Chepurin commented on Pristina's attempts to join UNESCO.
In a statement for Sputnik, Chepurin stressed this is a political issue and that there was "no need to put this international organization in an awkward position."
"I personally believe that bringing up the issue of Kosovo's membership in that international organization is a violation of all existing international rules, the United Nations Charter, as well as Resolution 1244," said Chepurin.
As he stated, UNESCO is an organization in the United Nations system and operates in accordance with this fact.
"The practice of pressure and attempts by some entities to unlawfully impose the launching and consideration of the issue of Kosovo or voting on it is not acceptable. In the current situation, when international confrontation is very sharp, this is especially counterproductive," said the Russian ambassador.
Chepurin believes that UNESCO, under international law and under the Charter of the United Nations, whose structure in the sphere of culture the organization represents, should not even discuss the issue of allowing membership to a quasi-state which is not recognized by the UN.
"It is important to insist that the rules are respected. UNESCO is not under obligation to take such requests, even to consider them, let alone to vote or make any decisions in connection with them," he concluded.
The United Nations recently refused to forward to UNESCO Pristina's membership request, while Belgrade "expressed a clear view that the issue of Kosovo's entry into this international organization is absolutely unacceptable," said Sputnik.