Involving all communities in the political process and guaranteeing multi-ethnicity in the province remained a major challenge for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the top UN peacekeeping official told the Security Council today as it met to discuss a recent visit by a Council delegation to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, including Kosovo.
The current political process in Kosovo is crucial to combating extremism and encouraging moderates on all sides, according to the report of the Security Council mission to the province released today at United Nations Headquarters.
After a meeting with Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica in Belgrade, the visiting Security Council delegation said today the two sides had agreed to work together in support the common quest for a multi-ethnic Kosovo.
Concluding its visit to Kosovo, a delegation of the Security Council comprising all of its 15 members appealed to both Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serb leaders today to shun extremism and commit their efforts to building a multi-ethnic society.
A 15-member delegation of the Security Council will head to Kosovo and Belgrade tomorrow for a first-hand look at the situation in the region and meetings with the Yugoslav leadership, according to the Council President, Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury of Bangladesh, who will lead the team.
The United Nations mission in Kosovo is pursuing its goals of holding Kosovo-wide elections, implementing a constitutional framework and setting the stage for self-government and economic viability, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters.
Following an extraordinary session of the Interim Administrative Council, the head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo, Hans Haekkerup, said today he would promulgate a regulation designed to curb terrorism.