Kosovo

Haekkerup resigns as head of UN mission in Kosovo; Annan regrets move

Citing personal reasons, the head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Hans Haekkerup, today announced his resignation, drawing an expression of regrets from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who praised the envoy for his contribution to UN efforts in the province.

With UN support, Kosovo gains wide Internet access

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today announced a new initiative which will provide Internet access to all business and residential customers in the province.

Kosovo Supreme Court releases three bus bomb suspects held on UN mission's orders

A panel of international judges in the Kosovo Supreme Court has ordered the release of three ethnic Albanians suspected of an attack on a public bus that left 11 dead, the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said today.

UN set to transfer demining activities to Kosovo authorities

After determining that all known minefields and cluster bomb strike sites in Kosovo have been cleared to internationally acceptable standards, the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in the province today said it was set to transfer the long-term responsibility for demining activities to local authorities.

Kosovo Assembly fails to elect President

The newly seated Kosovo Assembly failed to elect a President for the province when the sole candidate being voted on did not receive the required approval of two-thirds of the 120-member council, the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) reported today.

Kosovo Assembly inauguration a 'milestone' on road to democracy, Annan says

As the Assembly of Kosovo opened today marking the start of the transfer of power from the United Nations to the provisional institutions of self-government, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the event as a "milestone on the road to democracy."

Letter that sickened 5 at UN mission in Kosovo did not contain anthrax – UN spokesman

A suspicious letter mailed to the United Nations mission in Kosovo has sickened at least five people but local security officials and doctors believe the toxic white powder it contained was not anthrax and its effects were not life-threatening, a UN spokesman said today.

Kosovo elections were 'violence-free and all-inclusive,' Security Council told

Briefing the United Nations Security Council on the recent vote in Kosovo, a top UN official today said the peacekeeping mission in the territory was satisfied with the entire polling process - "from the violence-free campaign to the all-inclusive elections."

UN to announce Kosovo assembly elections results this weekend

The head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Hans Haekkerup, plans to announce on Saturday the official results of last week's legislative assembly elections, according to an UNMIK spokeswoman.

Kosovo: partial election results show Rugova's party in lead - UN mission

Partial results of last weekend's elections to the legislative assembly in Kosovo showed the political party led by Ibrahim Rugova to be in the lead but without a sufficient majority to form a government, according to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) in the province.