Kosovo

Kosovo: UN transfers more economic powers to local government

The United Nations today outlined a further transfer of economic power to local officials in Kosovo, as it speeds up preparations for final status talks on the ethnically divided province that it has run since 1999, when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out amid Albanian-Serb fighting.

UN announces accord to move forward in Kosovo on building multiethnic society

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo today announced agreement with the new local government on speeding moves towards a multiethnic society in the province, which the UN has run since 1999 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out amid Albanian-Serb fighting.

Annan's recipe for Kosovo: strengthen security and economy, include minorities

A comprehensive strategy addressing both security and economic problems besetting United Nations-administered Kosovo, as well as the inclusion of Serbs and other minorities with the majority Albanians in provisional arrangements, are among Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations released today for moving the province towards final status.

World Court says it has no jurisdiction in Serbia and Montenegro case against NATO members

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled today that it has no jurisdiction in lawsuits filed by Serbia and Montenegro, then the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, against 10 NATO members for their bombing of Kosovo in 1999 during the province's inter-ethnic conflict.

UN envoy warns new Kosovo assembly that safeguarding minority rights is vital

Declaring the next 12 months crucial in determining the future of Kosovo as it moves towards talks on its final status, the United Nations administrator of the ethnically divided province warned the newly elected parliament today that he would use sanctions against any officials who stood in the way of improving minority rights.

Kosovo Albanians must provide Serbs with sense of security – UN envoy

Although security has improved significantly in Kosovo since March's deadly violence, the worst in the five years since the United Nations took over administering the ethnically-divided province, much work remains to be done to achieve the goals needed to settle its final status, the top UN envoy there said today.

Despite progress, more action needed to bridge ethnic divide in Kosovo - UN

Although there has been progress in reconstruction and reform in Kosovo since March's deadly violence, the worst in the five years since the United Nations took over administering the ethnically-divided province, key areas such as reconciliation and the return of minorities remain cause for concern, according to a new report released today.

UN envoy welcomes agreement on coalition in Kosovo following elections

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo today welcomed an agreement on the formation of a coalition following last month's elections in the ethnically-divided province which the world body has administered for the past five years.

UN envoy calls on NATO security force to stay the course in Kosovo

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo today appealed to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members providing the troops that keep the peace in the ethnically-divided province to "stay the course" and maintain adequate force levels to ensure the establishment of a stable multiethnic society.

UN envoy certifies Kosovo election results with call to heed Serb minority

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo today certified the results of last month's elections in the ethnically-divided province which the world body has administered for the past five years, appealing to all parties to heed the concerns of minorities, particularly the Serbs.