UN chief welcomes resumption of dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the resumption of the European Union-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, saying he is encouraged by the adoption of the agreement on border controls reached last week.

Kosovo situation ‘precarious’ but offers prospects for overcoming tensions – UN envoy

The situation in Kosovo remains precarious and poses certain dangers, as witnessed in recent clashes, but it also offers opportunities to overcome long-standing tensions that warrant the support of the international community, the top United Nations envoy there said today.

Kosovo: UN envoy condemns fatal shooting incident in north

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo has strongly condemned yesterday’s shooting incidents in the northern part of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica that resulted in one death and two injuries, and called for an investigation to determine the cause of the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Kosovo: Ban appoints envoy to head UN mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Farid Zarif of Afghanistan as his Special Representative for Kosovo and head of the United Nations mission there.

UN urges better protection programme after Kosovo war crimes witness found dead

An effective witness protection programme is crucial to ensure justice and end impunity regarding human rights violations in Kosovo, the United Nations said today, as it voiced concern that a key witness in a war crimes case was found dead this week.

At UN, Albania criticizes Serbia over actions in northern Kosovo

Albania has told the United Nations that it would like to develop and consolidate its relations with Serbia, but it also criticized Belgrade for maintaining control of three ethnic Serbian areas in northern Kosovo.

UN urges Kosovo and Serbia to show restraint and avoid unilateral actions

A senior United Nations peacekeeping official today urged both Kosovo and Serbia to demonstrate their full commitment to dialogue, reconciliation and peace, and refrain from unilateral action or the use of force in their latest dispute over the control of two border crossings.

Recent troubles in Kosovo a ‘wake-up call’ to resolve underlying issues – UN envoy

The recent troubles in northern Kosovo highlight the need for all sides to refrain from unilateral action that could escalate tensions and to resolve underlying issues through dialogue, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Key Kosovo witness at UN war crimes trial pleads guilty to contempt of court

A key witness today pleaded guilty to contempt of court for refusing to testify in the trial at a United Nations war crimes tribunal of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj on charges of crimes against humanity.

Key witness in Kosovo war crimes case handed over to UN tribunal

Dutch authorities today handed over to the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia a key witness cited for contempt for refusing to testify in the trial of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj on charges of crimes against humanity.