Joint Statement in Response to the Report by the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo

As delivered by Ambassador Christophe Kamp, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands at the 1447th meeting of the Permanent Council on 19 October 2023.

Thank you Chair,

I am making this statement in my national capacity and also on behalf of Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Mr. Chair,

We are very pleased to welcome the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Michael Davenport, back to the Permanent Council. We recognize and value the outstanding work carried out by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (OMiK) to support the country’s authorities in strengthening their institutions and promoting stability and security for all communities in the region, especially in light of the latest developments in northern Kosovo. We firmly and unequivocally condemn the attack in Banjska on September 24. It is now crucial that those responsible for such a heinous act are brought to justice.

We recall that the Mission is the largest OSCE Field Mission and plays an essential role in Kosovo. We particularly appreciate OMiK’s close and effective partnerships with Kosovo institutions, especially with municipalities and civil society organizations, as well as its creative and persistent work across the core pillars of its mandate on human and community rights, democratization, and security and public safety. Moreover, we applaud and support the work of the Mission on the ground via its five Regional Centers and its visible presence in all 38 of Kosovo’s municipalities, which are critical to the OSCE’s early warning and conflict prevention function. We also strongly support OMiK’s continued commitment to women’s rights and women’s empowerment and gender equality, and its efforts to mainstream these aspects throughout the Mission’s work.

We recognize that, as a matter of good governance within our organization, one of the best ways to understand the impact of the work of OSCE Field Operations is to hear directly from the partners and beneficiaries on the ground. Therefore, it is essential to have contact among participating States and stakeholders, partners, and interlocutors who are co-operating with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo. We are therefore grateful to the Chairpersonship for organizing the very informative October 18 informal engagement with the Chair of the Kosovo Judicial Council and request this practice be continued in the future.

Thank you Chair.