Kosovo

Kosovo: new UN-backed rail terminal opened

A new rail cargo terminal of the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) was inaugurated today in what officials termed a sign of progress in the province.

Kosovo's ethnic minorities need continuing protection, UN refugee agency warns

Highlighting a surge in the number of murders of Kosovo Serbs over the past year, the United Nations refugee agency has issued three linked reports showing that inter-ethnic relations in the troubled province are so fragile that minority groups continue to need international protection from the threat of violence.

Kosovo: UN and Council of Europe sign important human rights accords

In an effort to enhance the establishment of human rights in United Nations-administered Kosovo, top UN and European officials today signed two agreements that seek to monitor compliance with important international principles and prevent torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment.

Kosovo holds key to regional peace, new UN envoy says on arrival

Arriving in Kosovo to take up his duties as head of the United Nations Interim Assistance Mission (UNMIK) there, Søren Jessen-Petersen today emphasized the province's crucial role in regional stability.

Kosovo faces hurdles despite some progress since March clashes - UN official

Despite some progress in Kosovo since violent clashes in March, the province faces an uphill challenge in moving forward along the path of normalization, ethnic reconciliation, strengthening its still-fledgling democratic institutions, and creating a tolerant, inclusive society, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

More work needed to repair physical, psychological damage in Kosovo - Annan

While there has been some progress in reconstructing buildings and restoring community relations in Kosovo after March's deadly outbreak of ethnic violence, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says a lot "remains to be done to repair the physical and psychological damage."

Kosovo: UN mission criticizes assembly move to change constitution

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today criticized the province's parliamentary assembly for debating proposals to amend the constitution, saying any such changes are beyond its powers.

Kosovo: UN police arrest 270 people over deadly riots in March

United Nations police in Kosovo have now arrested about 270 people in relation to the two days of deadly riots and ethnically-motivated violence that roiled the province in mid-March, a UN spokesman said today.

Danish civil servant appointed new UN envoy for Kosovo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has informed the Security Council that he intends to appoint Søren Jessen-Petersen of Denmark as his new Special Representative for Kosovo and the head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK), a UN spokesman said today.

Kosovo: Norwegian envoy to head UN probe into March violence

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Ambassador Kai Eide of Norway to investigate the wave of ethnic violence that roiled Kosovo in mid-March, leaving 19 people dead, hundreds injured and many homes and Serbian religious and cultural sites damaged or destroyed.