Security Council holds closed meeting on Kosovo status talks

The Security Council today held a closed meeting on Kosovo at a time when fresh violent incidents have shaken the Albanian-majority Serbian province which the United Nations has run since 1999, and talks to determine its final status – hoped to have been completed by the end of this year – are still at the technical phase.

Kosovo: UN official voices ‘outrage’ at attack on Serb family

A senior United Nations official today expressed outrage at an attack on a Kosovo Serb family in which four people were wounded in an explosion at their home in the Albanian-majority Serbian province administered by the world body ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.

Kosovo: UN envoy condemns latest round of bomb attacks on parked cars

A senior United Nations official in Kosovo has denounced two bomb attacks over the weekend that damaged vehicles parked in towns in the province’s southeast, a day after an earlier blast struck the car of the Minister of Internal Affairs.

UN envoy to Kosovo condemns blast that damaged minister’s car

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo strongly condemned an explosive attack today which damaged the car of the Minister of Internal Affairs but resulted in no injuries, saying the violence ran counter to the will of the province’s people, who are seeking peaceful change.

In Kosovo, senior UN official speaks out against violence

Visiting a local community in Kosovo today, a senior United Nations official spoke out against violence in the province, which the world body has administered since western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999.

Integration is the answer for Kosovo’s Serbs, UN envoy tells Security Council

The senior United Nations envoy in Kosovo today told the Security Council that integration, not isolation, is the answer for the minority Serb population, as the 15-member body met to discuss Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on the future status of the UN-run province.

Annan calls for ‘more flexibility’ from both sides in talks over Kosovo

Expressing disappointment over the lack of common ground during the past few months of talks over the future of the United Nations-run province of Kosovo, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for “more flexibility” from both the Serbian and Kosovo delegations, saying they need to show a spirit of compromise.

Kosovo: UN envoy welcomes treatment for former residents of lead-polluted camps

The senior United Nations envoy in Kosovo has welcomed the start of medical treatment to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) suffering from lead toxicity as a result of living in camps in the northern part of the disputed province.