UN envoy welcomes election of new government in Kosovo

The United Nations administrator of Kosovo today welcomed the Kosovo Assembly's election of a new government, following the previous prime minister's resignation and surrender on war crimes charges earlier this month, as reflecting the province's democratic process and the proper functioning of institutions which have shown political maturity within the constitutional framework.

Kosovo: UN administrator welcomes moves towards forming new government

The United Nations administrator for Kosovo today welcomed progress made towards forming a new government after last week’s resignation of the prime minister as an important stage towards determining the final status of the ethnically-divided Serbian province which the world body has run since 1999.

UN hails resumption of talks between Kosovo and Serbia on missing persons

The United Nations administrator for Kosovo today welcomed the resumption of direct talks between Serbia and the province to resolve the issue of more than 3,000 people still missing five years after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops amid ethnic fighting between Albanians and Serbs.

UN administrator voices outrage at attack on Kosovo president

The United Nations administrator for Kosovo today strongly condemned the explosive attack against President Ibrahim Rugova as an attack against the democratic institutions of the ethnically-divided province which the world body has run since 1999.

Kosovo premier’s resignation ‘good example’ of cooperation with court – Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed as “a good example of cooperation” with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Ramush Haradinaj’s resignation as Kosovo Prime Minister and his voluntary surrender after the court indicted him for his role in the 1998-99 fighting there.

UN administrator urges calm in Kosovo after premier is indicted for war crimes

The United Nations administrator for Kosovo today appealed for calm following the resignation of the ethnic Albanian Prime Minister after he was indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal for his role as a guerrilla commander in the 1998-99 fighting that led to the world body running the Serbian province.

Process to decide Kosovo's final status could begin this year, Security Council told

There are good chances that the process leading to talks on the final status of Kosovo could begin in the second half of this year but also risks that tensions could rise in tandem, the top United Nations envoy administering the ethnically divided province said today.

Despite progress, none of needed goals in Kosovo has been fulfilled – UN report

While noteworthy concrete steps have been taken in some areas in Kosovo, none of eight necessary standards have yet been fulfilled in moving the United-Nations-administered province forward towards final status talks, including building trust between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs, according to the latest UN report.

UN envoy urges visiting Serbian President to show Kosovo that Belgrade will foster trust

The senior United Nations envoy for Kosovo today urged the visiting Serbian President to send positive signals on Belgrade's readiness to build bridges of trust.

Foes of multi-ethnic democracy still threaten Kosovo’s progress – UN envoy

The closer ethnically-divided Kosovo moves towards final status talks, the greater the risks of provocation by those who do not want to see a multi-ethnic democracy established in the war-torn province that the United Nations has administered for the past five years, the top UN envoy said today.