Harassment, funding shortfall, hamper return of displaced in Kosovo – UN envoy

Low-level harassment, curtailed freedom of movement, lack of employment opportunities and a dearth of funding were cited as obstacles to the successful return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kosovo, in a statement issued today by the representative of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the rights of such persons.

Kosovo: UN envoy opens conference on province’s future

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo today said that it is time for the province’s majority and minority communities to move toward the resolution of Kosovo’s status by showing that they can build a stable, tolerant, multi-ethnic and democratic society.

UN Kosovo envoy meets with Serbian leaders in Belgrade

Welcoming what he called "continued openness and progress in the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade," the head of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today met in Belgrade with Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and other senior officials from Serbia and Montenegro.

Deputy Secretary-General Fréchette in Kosovo reviewing UN mission's steps to prevent abuse

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette arrived today in Kosovo, where she is slated to hold talks with senior officials and meet with peacekeepers as part of her ongoing bid to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by blue helmets.

Fréchette to visit Kosovo as part of tour to eliminate sexual abuse in peacekeeping

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette will be travelling to Kosovo, resuming her visits to peacekeeping missions to reinforce Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse for United Nations personnel.

Annan appoints special envoy for review of Kosovo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Ambassador Kai Eide, Permanent Representative of Norway to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as his Special Envoy to carry out a comprehensive review of Kosovo.