UN’s Kosovo envoy voices concern at apparent attack on monastery

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo has voiced concern about a recent apparent attack on the Deçan/Deæani monastery, which he said holds great value for the province's Serb community, currently outnumbered nine to one by the ethnic Albanian majority.

Big Bird and Cookie Monster join UN in teaching Kosovo’s children tolerance

Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch are playing their part in bridging the ethnic and linguistic divide in Kosovo, teaching tolerance to children in the Albanian-majority Serb province in a United Nations-backed project that adapts the world famous Sesame Street programme to local needs.

UN envoy on Kosovo’s status says ‘independence is the only option’

The only viable option for Kosovo is independence, with an initial period of supervision by the international community, the senior United Nations official overseeing the Serbian province’s future status process has concluded in a report endorsed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and sent today to the Security Council.

Kosovo: UN regrets withdrawal of Romanian police in probe of demonstrators’ deaths

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo today asked Romania to make available police officers it had withdrawn, despite a request that they be kept there for a few more weeks, should they be needed in the probe into the deaths of two people when UN police used rubber bullets against pro-independence demonstrators last month.

Juvenile justice system set up in Kosovo with UN help

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) to support the development of the juvenile justice system in UN-administered Kosovo, focusing on rehabilitation rather than prison.

UN envoy warns against delays to decision on Kosovo’s final status

Any delay to the process of determining Kosovo’s final status could make a sustainable solution impossible to attain, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Serbian province (UNMIK) told the Security Council today.

Ban Ki-moon receives proposals for future status of UN-administered Kosovo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received his Special Envoy’s plan for the future status of Kosovo – the ethnic Albanian majority Serbian province that the United Nations has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting – after efforts to reach a compromise with the two sides ended in deadlock.

Ban Ki-moon calls for ‘timely conclusion’ of Kosovo’s future status talks

As Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian-led Government and Serbia remain at an impasse on the future of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, a “timely conclusion” to the process to determine its final status is necessary, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council released today.

Kosovo: declaring end to future status talks, UN envoy to present ‘realistic compromise’

Neither Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian-led Government nor Serbia have shown any will to reach a negotiated accord on the future status of the Serbian province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, and the senior United Nations official overseeing the issue will submit a “realistic compromise” to the Security Council this month.

Kosovo: UN envoy presents revised proposals on future status

The United Nations envoy for the status of Kosovo has submitted revised plans after reporting that Serbia and the ethnic Albanian-led government remain diametrically opposed over the future of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the world body has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.