Kosovo

Kosovo’s communities remain far apart, says head of UN fact-finding group

Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian and Serbian communities continue to lead largely separate existences and have very different outlooks on the future, which means creating an integrated, multi-ethnic society in the province will require “substantial effort,” the head of a Security Council fact-finding mission said today.

Security Council team’s meetings in Kosovo cause for confidence, official says

The head of a United Nations Security Council team travelling in the Balkans today said its meetings in Kosovo give cause for confidence on the future of the Serbian province that has been run by the United Nations since Western forces drove Yugoslav troops out in 1999.

Security Council’s Balkans mission in Belgrade to meet with Serbian authorities

A Security Council delegation on a fact-finding mission to the Balkans today made a stop in Belgrade to meet with leaders there as the 15-member body deliberates the future of Kosovo, the ethnic Albanian-majority province of Serbia that has been run by the United Nations since Western forces drove Yugoslav troops out in 1999.

Security Council mission to Kosovo holds talks with European Union officials

The Security Council delegation heading to Kosovo on a fact-finding trip to help determine the permanent future status of the Serbian province with an ethnic Albanian majority stopped in Brussels today for talks with European Union (EU) and NATO officials.

Security Council delegation on Kosovo heads to region tomorrow

A Security Council delegation heads tomorrow for Kosovo on a fact-finding trip as the 15-member body considers a United Nations envoy’s proposal to grant independence in a phased process to the ethnic Albanian-majority province of Serbia that has been run by the UN since 1999.

Interim report on shootings in Kosovo cites Romanians attached to UN police unit

An interim report into violent clashes in Kosovo two months ago in which two protesters died and two were injured has found “substantial basis” on which to conclude that Romanian gunners linked to a United Nations specialized police unit were responsible, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

Security Council president says delegation will visit Kosovo this month

The Security Council will this month send a delegation to Kosovo, the 15-member body’s President said today, as it considers a United Nations envoy’s proposal for granting independence in a phased process to the ethnic-Albanian majority Serbian province that has been run by the world body since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999.

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.