Kosovo

Kosovo and Serb leaders meet for first time on the province’s status at UN-backed talks

Top Serbian and Kosovar leaders met for the first time today to discuss plans for the future status of the United Nations-run province of Kosovo, and while both sides remain far apart politically, the UN official overseeing the discussions welcomed the start of dialogue and said the world body remained committed to further negotiations.

Decentralization talks on the UN-run province of Kosovo held in Vienna

In the run-up to a high-level meeting next week on the future status of the United Nations-run province of Kosovo, delegations from Pristina and the Serbian capital of Belgrade met today in Vienna to discuss the decentralization process in the province, a UN spokesman said.

Kosovo status talks to enter new high-level political phase, UN envoy says

As senior officials from Kosovo and Serbia met in New York today with members of the Security Council, a United Nations envoy told that body that status talks on the province will soon enter a more advanced phase.

With ‘steady progress’ in Kosovo, UN envoy calls for early status decision

Citing steady progress in minority protection and refugee returns in Kosovo, a top United Nations envoy called today for an early resolution of the question of the final political status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.

Kosovo: UN refugee agency remains concerned at persecution risk for minorities

While removing two Roma communities from the list of people considered at risk in Kosovo, the United Nations refugee agency remains concerned for more than 400,000 Serbs, other Roma and Albanians who could face persecution if they returned to places where they are a minority in the multi-ethnic Serbian province.

Top UN envoy in Kosovo postpones municipal elections for up to one year

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo today postponed municipal elections for up to 12 months so that full attention can be devoted to talks to decide the status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the UN has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.

Kosovo: senior UN official opens talks in Serbia on refugee returns

A senior United Nations official opened talks in Serbia today on the return of Serb refugees to Kosovo, a crucial factor in deciding the final status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province which the world body has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.

Kosovo: parties still remain far apart in deciding future status, Annan reports

Despite some progress in talks to decide the final status of Kosovo, the parties remain far apart and compromise is crucial, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the United Nations has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.

Top UN envoy in Kosovo announces his decision to quit his post

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo, Søren Jessen-Petersen, today announced that he will be leaving his post at the end of this month, saying his time in the province had given him “a great deal of hope for the future of Kosovo.”

Serbia, Kosovo and UN sign accord to promote return of displaced

Representatives of the Serbian and Kosovo Governments today signed an agreement to speed up the return of people displaced by ethnic conflict in the Serbian province, which the United Nations has administered ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave human rights abuses.