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Discussion on Responding to the Refugee Crisis in Southeast Europe

On October 13, Ambassador of Serbia H.E. Djerdj Matkovic participated in a panel discussion „Responding to the Refugee Crisis in Southeast Europe”. The event explored the short- and long-term effects of the crisis on the legal systems and security within countries on the Western Balkan Route. The event was organized by American Bar Association ABA ROLI and the United Macedonian Diaspora. Speakers included Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia V. Naumovski, President of the United Macedonian Diaspora M. Koloski, and N Dasarathy, Senior Advisor from ABA ROLI’s Middle East and North Africa division.

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT - Ambassador of Serbia to testify at the Helsinki Commission Hearing


Ambassador of Serbia, H.E. Đerđ Matković will testify at the US Helsinki Commission Hearing

“Europe’s Refugee Crisis: How Should the US, EU, and OSCE Respond?”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2200

Live webcast will be available on http://bit.ly/1VRaf3G


The hearing will have two pannels, which will be as follows

Panel One

  • Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State

Panel Two

  • Mr. Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative to the United States and Caribbean, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • His Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
  • His Excellency Djerdj Matkovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United States
  • Mr. Sean Callahan, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Relief Services

Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

• Because the request for its membership is a serious breach of the international law, the Constitution of UNESCO' The legally binding UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and the Charter of the UN whose Article 25 says that "The Members of the UN agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter". 

• Because according to the UN Security Council resolution 1244, which reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, under the administration oBf the UN. Since Kosovo cannot be considered a State, it does not fulfill the basic requirement for membership set out by the UNESCO Constitution.

• Because unilateral attempts such as this one seriously harm and disrupt the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the European Union in which mutually acceptable solutions for many complex issues  have been devised so far. The issue of the Serbian cultural heritage and the property of the Serbia Orthodox Church has not yet been discussed within the dialogue where it belongs.

• Because this is an unacceptable politicization of UNESCO which should not overtake the competences of the UN. Security Council as the highest authority for the preservation of the international peace and security. UNESCO should not serve as an instrument for the affirmation of an illegal and unilaterally declared independence of a part of the territory of one UN member state. The primary goal of UNESCO is to promote universal values of humanity through education, science and culture not to make political decisions with regard to the statehood.

• Because this would be a dangerous precedent, harmful for many states. This would open the door for other entities to follow the same path thus threatening territorial integrity and sovereignty of other member states.


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