Visiting Kosovo today, United States President George W. Bush endorsed the efforts of the United Nations mission in the province to prepare Kosovars for taking on greater responsibility in "running their own affairs."
A top United Nations official in Kosovo today stressed the need to adopt a draft regulation seeking to limit the flow of minorities from mixed neighbourhoods as well as the forced sale of minority properties.
Despite a lack of timely notification, the United Nations mission in Kosovo and the Kosovo international force have helped a large Serbian convoy to deliver humanitarian aid to various Serbian enclaves, a UN official in Pristina reported today.
Involving all communities in the political process and guaranteeing multi-ethnicity in the province remained a major challenge for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the top UN peacekeeping official told the Security Council today as it met to discuss a recent visit by a Council delegation to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, including Kosovo.
The current political process in Kosovo is crucial to combating extremism and encouraging moderates on all sides, according to the report of the Security Council mission to the province released today at United Nations Headquarters.
After a meeting with Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica in Belgrade, the visiting Security Council delegation said today the two sides had agreed to work together in support the common quest for a multi-ethnic Kosovo.
Concluding its visit to Kosovo, a delegation of the Security Council comprising all of its 15 members appealed to both Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serb leaders today to shun extremism and commit their efforts to building a multi-ethnic society.
A 15-member delegation of the Security Council will head to Kosovo and Belgrade tomorrow for a first-hand look at the situation in the region and meetings with the Yugoslav leadership, according to the Council President, Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury of Bangladesh, who will lead the team.