UN war crimes tribunal orders partial re-trial for ex-leader of Kosovo

A former prime minister of Kosovo faces a re-trial on war crimes charges after the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today partially quashed his earlier acquittal.

Kosovo: UN envoy appeals for calm following deadly violence

The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged all sides to pursue dialogue in the wake of recent “tragic” violence in the region’s north, which remains a flashpoint amid continuing tensions between the Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serbian communities.

UNICEF brings children from all over Kosovo together for Children’s Day

Hundreds of children from all communities in Kosovo today marked Children’s Day in Kosovo this year with arts and sports activities, thanks to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners.

Lack of communal reconciliation in Kosovo risks social unrest, UN envoy warns

The absence of a significant process of reconciliation between the communities in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, together with economic difficulties, continues to present the risk of social unrest, a senior United Nations envoy warned today.

Kosovo: UN envoy condemns stone-throwing against returnees

The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today voiced his concern over stone-throwing against people returning to a town in the east, urging dialogue between the ethnic Serb and Albanian communities “that must live side by side.”

Global support vital for UN conciliation role in Kosovo, Ban says

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) “remains uniquely placed” to facilitate dialogue between the communities more than two years after Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the issue as he calls for ongoing international support for the operation.

Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint of tensions, top UN envoy warns

Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint amid continuing tensions between Kosovo Serb and Kosovo Albanian communities there despite a greater understanding over reconstruction of destroyed housing by the communities, the top United Nation official there said today.

Ban calls on Serbia, Kosovo to focus on regional cooperation, not status issues

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Serbia and Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence two years ago, to find ways to put aside status considerations in the interest of pursuing regional cooperation.