Kosovo: UN condemns attack on pensioners

Kosovo: UN condemns attack on pensioners

The top United Nations official in Kosovo, Michael Steiner, today condemned a mob attack on a group of Serb pensioners, calling the confrontation "deplorable, disgraceful and disgusting."

The top United Nations official in Kosovo, Michael Steiner, today condemned a mob attack on a group of Serb pensioners, calling the confrontation "deplorable, disgraceful and disgusting."

According to the UN mission in Kosovo, in addition to the assault, a group of Kosovo Albanians also hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at UN police called in to disperse the mob.

"This incident is especially unfortunate as it goes against the general trend of improved security and declining violence," Mr. Steiner said in a statement issued today by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

"What could this mob possible have been thinking it would achieve by attacking a group of elderly people who were simply applying for their pension?" Mr. Steiner asked. "I'll tell you what it achieved: serious damage to Kosovo's image in the eyes of the world."