Kosovo

Reacting to stabbing of Kosovo Serb youth, UN envoy urges restraint

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today voiced deep regret at the stabbing of a Kosovo Serb juvenile in the northern part of Mitrovica this evening and urged all concerned to exercise restraint while the police investigate.

Kosovo, Serbian delegations hold new status talks under UN chairmanship

Delegations from Kosovo and Serbia today held their second round of direct talks on decentralization in the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the United Nations has administered ever since the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.

Kosovo police lauded for major operation; assume increasingly important role – UN

The Kosovo Police Service (KPS) is playing an increasing role in all aspects of law enforcement in the province, senior United Nations officials said today, highlighting an operation at the start of the year that was the largest domestic police effort since 1999, and one which brought widespread praise for the efficiency of the reconstituted force.

Hailing recent progress, UN’s Kosovo envoy urges steps to build multiethnic society

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy to Kosovo today hailed recent progress in the United Nations-administered province and urged continued efforts to foster a multiethnic democracy there.

Top UN envoy in Kosovo welcomes election of new government

The United Nations top envoy to Kosovo today welcomed the election of a new government by the province’s Assembly.

Improvements for minorities imperative for Kosovo status talks, UN envoy says

Improvement in the lives of minorities in Kosovo must be made immediately, a senior United Nations envoy said today, as a prerequisite to settling the final status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province which the United Nations has run ever since Yugoslav troops were driven out in 1999 amid grave rights abuses.

UN envoy urges Serbia, Kosovo leaders to stay engaged in status talks

A United Nations special envoy today completed a five-day visit to Serbia and Kosovo following last month’s first round of direct talks between the two sides on the final status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the UN has run ever since Yugoslav troops were driven out in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.

UN’s top envoy to Kosovo urges higher profile for women in political life

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged a higher profile for women in the political life of the UN-administered province.

Kosovo parties find common ground in first round of status talks, says UN envoy

The first round of direct negotiations between delegations from Albanian-majority Kosovo and Serbia on the future status of the Serbian province found common ground on the issue of decentralization of services, according to the United Nations envoy who chaired the talks, which ended today.

UN envoy tells Security Council that Kosovo operation now in ‘critical phase’

Speaking to the Security Council today, the senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo said the next few months offered great opportunities for the province’s leaders and its people to work together to decide their future, saying also that the UN mission was now in its most critical phase.