The Security Council today issued its support for a set of written standards launched this week to prepare United Nations-administered Kosovo for final status, including free, fair and regular elections, free media and a sound and impartial legal system.
The Council released a presidential statement indicating support after it received a briefing on Kosovo from the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno.
This month's Council President, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, said the Council now awaits the creation of an implementation plan to show how the provisional institutions of self-government in Kosovo are progressing in meeting the standards.
The plan is expected to be finalized by the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Kosovo, Harri Holkeri.
Mr. Tafrov said the Council's further support of the process for determining Kosovo's future status would be shaped by a review of the institutions' progress towards meeting the standards.
The 10-page Standards document covers eight sections: functioning democratic institutions, rule of law, freedom of movement, returns and reintegration, economy, property rights, dialogue with Belgrade and the Kosovo Protection Corps.