Kosovo

Kosovo: UN transfers more economic powers to local government

The United Nations today outlined a further transfer of economic power to local officials in Kosovo, as it speeds up preparations for final status talks on the ethnically divided province that it has run since 1999, when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out amid Albanian-Serb fighting.

UN announces accord to move forward in Kosovo on building multiethnic society

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo today announced agreement with the new local government on speeding moves towards a multiethnic society in the province, which the UN has run since 1999 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out amid Albanian-Serb fighting.

Annan's recipe for Kosovo: strengthen security and economy, include minorities

A comprehensive strategy addressing both security and economic problems besetting United Nations-administered Kosovo, as well as the inclusion of Serbs and other minorities with the majority Albanians in provisional arrangements, are among Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations released today for moving the province towards final status.

World Court says it has no jurisdiction in Serbia and Montenegro case against NATO members

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled today that it has no jurisdiction in lawsuits filed by Serbia and Montenegro, then the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, against 10 NATO members for their bombing of Kosovo in 1999 during the province's inter-ethnic conflict.

UN envoy warns new Kosovo assembly that safeguarding minority rights is vital

Declaring the next 12 months crucial in determining the future of Kosovo as it moves towards talks on its final status, the United Nations administrator of the ethnically divided province warned the newly elected parliament today that he would use sanctions against any officials who stood in the way of improving minority rights.