Kosovo

UN World Court ends public hearings on the question of Kosovo’s independence

Public hearings wrapped up today in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia early last year, with the court now ready to begin its deliberations.

Public hearings start at UN World Court on Kosovo independence question

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations’ principal judicial organ, today began public hearings on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia early last year.

Kosovo: UN mission says its role hindered by sides’ differing views

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia last year, is “inextricably caught” between the differing perceptions of the opposing sides, which hinder its efforts to bring the majority Albanians and minority Serbian and other ethnic groups closer together, the top UN official there said today.

Ban extols UN mission in Kosovo for spurring dialogue and cooperation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts of the United Nations mission in Kosovo for encouraging dialogue and cooperation among its communities and between Pristina and Belgrade, the respective capitals of Kosovo and Serbia.

Kosovo becoming beacon of ethnic stability in its region, Albania tells UN

Inter-ethnic tensions in Kosovo have fallen significantly since it declared independence from Serbia last year and the wider region has become more stable as a direct result, the Prime Minister of neighbouring Albania told the General Assembly today.

UN World Court sets date for public hearings on Kosovo independence

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations’ principal judicial organ, announced today that it will hold public hearings starting on 1 December on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence early last year.

Kosovars displaced by war face reintegration obstacles, says UN rights expert

More than one decade after the Balkan wars concluded, Kosovars uprooted by fighting then continue to face serious challenges in returning home and local integration, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

Kosovo operation now different, but still vital to ensuring stability – UN envoy

While the United Nations mission has reconfigured itself in response to the prevailing situation on the ground after Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia last year, it still has an important role to play in ensuring stability in the area, its chief said today.

Leaders must put needs of Kosovo’s communities first, says top UN envoy

Although strides have been made to consolidate stability in Kosovo, leaders in Pristina and Belgrade must give priority to needs of Kosovo’s communities ahead of their own political interests, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Kosovo: pace of UN mission’s reconfiguration picking up – Ban

Despite a perception among many Kosovo Albanians that the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo has run its course, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a new report that it has stepped up the pace of its adaptation to the changing situation on the ground.