Kosovo

Kosovo: Talks between Belgrade and Pristina 'essential' to peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

There is no alternative to dialogue, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo today told the Security Council, citing the importance of high-level talks between Belgrade and Pristina, and calling for continued international engagement to maintain peace and stability in Kosovo and the wider Balkans region.

Kosovo situation yielding ‘fewer results than hoped’ in 2016, UN envoy tells Security Council

Many of the political expectations with which Kosovo began the year yielded fewer results than hoped, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today, expressing hope that next year will see clear progress on political dialogue accompanied by necessary progress at community level.

At UN, Albania highlights efforts to join EU, support for international recognition of Kosovo

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Albanian President Bujar Nishani today highlighted his country's role as a candidate for European Union (EU) membership and voiced support for Kosovo’s participation in all multilateral regional and international activities.

Situation in Kosovo more stable, but underlying tensions remain – UN envoy

Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the United Nations Security Council today that while opposition parties in Kosovo continue to try to generate, exploit and, if possible, prolong moments of ‘crisis,’ they appear to have become aware that the use of violence is counterproductive to their objective of gaining more political influence.

Kosovo still faces ‘hard-nosed realities,’ but is vital for European security – UN envoy

Unemployment, inequality, and the challenges of developing a productive economy to meet global development goals and overcome legacies of impunity, are among the “hard-nosed realities” facing Kosovo, the head of the United Nations political mission there said today, calling for international involvement to help Kosovo’s institutions, and the wider region as a whole, overcome such obstacles.

Rights experts urge UN to compensate displaced Roma poisoned in camps in Kosovo

Two United Nations independent experts today called on the world body to hold the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) accountable for leaving Roma families exposed to lead poisoning in camps for those internally displaced in the territory.

In Kosovo, UN efforts focused on promoting stability and political progress

Calling for continued support from the Security Council, the top United Nations official in Kosovo today said the UN Mission there (UNMIK) is continuing to focus its efforts on promoting stability, political progress and respect for human rights.

Kosovo: progress made thus far demands ‘continuing commitment’ from parties, Security Council told

The enormous strides already taken by Kosovo and Serbia through the European Union-facilitated dialogue demand continuing commitment from both the parties and the international community, the United Nations Security Council was told today.

Serbia and Kosovo must not squander chance to overcome challenges, Security Council told

As Serbia and Kosovo aim to overcome the legacy of conflict, the two countries must avoid procrastination on implementing the remaining steps of the April 2013 Accord and allowing older issues to shackle opportunities to open new ground, the United Nations Security Council was told today.

Kosovo: UN envoy calls on parties to engage in dialogue, make ‘hard choices’ for regional stability

Citing recent violent protests, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo told the Security Council today that leaders must engage seriously in ongoing dialogue and make the hard choices required for regional stability.