UN steps up police presence in Kosovo after Serb killings

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today tightened security in the Albanian-majority province, stepping up police patrols on the streets of Serb enclaves after gunmen killed two Serbs and injured two others over the weekend.

After murder of two Kosovo Serbs, UN warns against “irresponsible” speculation

Calling for an end to speculation surrounding a shooting over the weekend in which two Kosovo Serb men were killed and another two were injured, the United Nations administrator in Kosovo today appealed to the political leaders there and in Serbia to give the police time to carry out a thorough investigation of the incident.

UN envoy condemns murder of two Kosovo Serbs

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today condemned a shooting incident last night in which two Kosovo Serb men were killed and another two injured.

Kosovo: UN helps set up hotline for victims of gender violence and trafficking

Victims of gender based violence in Kosovo, including victims of human trafficking, will soon have additional recourse for aid thanks to an agreement signed today by the United Nations and local postal authorities to establish a toll-free ‘HelpLine’ in the UN-administered province.

Human traffickers in Kosovo convicted with UN help

In the severest ever human trafficking sentence in Kosovo, three Albanian citizens have been jailed for up to 12 years for luring young women to the United Nations-administered province with false promises of legitimate work, only to try to force them into prostitution.

UN administrator reports slowdown in political process in Kosovo

There has recently been a slowdown in the political process of moving ethnically-divided Kosovo along the road towards determining its final status, the United Nations administrator of the province said today.

Donor funding still needed for mine-clearance operations in Kosovo – UN

Six years after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out of Kosovo amid ethnic fighting between Albanians and Serbs, unexploded mines are still claiming victims in the United Nations-administered province and continued donor funding is needed for clearance operations.

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.