Kosovo

UN mission spotlights Kosovo’s gender gap in employment and education

Kosovo suffers from a serious gender gap, with the United Nations mission’s first comprehensive survey of gender data in the province showing that women are severely under-represented in the workforce and girls’ attendance at secondary school is much lower than that of boys.

Kosovo: UN envoy expresses distress at murder of Serb teenager

Describing his deep distress at learning of the murder of a Serbian teenager in Kosovo on Friday night, the head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo has warned that any attempts to spark ethnic tensions in the troubled province will not be tolerated.

Set of 30 mortal remains repatriated to Kosovo under UN auspices

A third group of some 30 bodies exhumed from Batajnica, Serbia, and believed to be of missing Kosovo Albanians were repatriated under United Nations auspices today.

Kosovo: top UN administrator Holkeri resigns for health reasons

The top United Nations administrator of ethnically-divided Kosovo, Harri Holkeri, today announced his intention to resign for health reasons, just 10 months after he was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and two weeks after he was briefly hospitalized for fatigue.

Probe closed of police officers connected to deadly shootings in Kosovo - UN

Finding no "reasonable suspicion" of any misconduct, an international prosecutor has closed separate investigations into four Jordanian police officers arrested and questioned last month in connection with deadly shootings that took place at a prison compound in Kosovo, the United Nations mission in the province said today.

UN mission chief reinstates 12 Kosovo officers suspected in bridge demolition

The head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has reinstated 12 members of the province's civilian protection force who had been suspended pending an investigation into their roles in the demolition of a railway bridge in April 2003.

Fatigued top UN envoy to Kosovo hospitalized in France

The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo, Harri Holkeri, was admitted to hospital in Strasbourg , France, last night suffering from fatigue due to his heavy work schedule.

Recent violence in Kosovo shook UN mission 'to its core', Security Council told

Although the recent wave of violence shook the United Nations mission in Kosovo "to its foundations," it aimed to root out and punish the perpetrators while remaining resolute in its task to help prepare the province for self-governance, the UN's senior envoy in the province told the Security Council today.

Ethnic violence in March damaged normalization process in Kosovo - Annan

In the wake of the deadly ethnic violence that swept Kosovo in March, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says what is now needed is concrete action by the leaders and people of the province to not only ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, but to rebuild the confidence among minority communities, and most of all, to address the root causes of the violence.

Security Council restates support for Kosovo ‘Standards before Status’ policy

The future status of Kosovo will only be taken up after the province’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) attain certain benchmarks – including free, fair and regular elections, free media and a sound and impartial legal system – outlined in a United Nations-backed plan, the Security Council said today.