Former Finnish Prime Minister appointed new head of UN mission in Kosovo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named former Prime Minister Harri Holkeri of Finland as his new envoy and head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Set of 40 mortal remains repatriated to Kosovo under UN auspices

A second group of some 40 bodies exhumed from Batajnica, Serbia, and believed to be of missing Kosovo Albanians, were repatriated under United Nations auspices today.

UN agency reports between 330,000 and 460,000 civilian firearms in Kosovo

There are between 330,000 and 460,000 firearms in civilian hands in Kosovo, most of the weapons unregistered and uncontrolled, according to a United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) report launched today in Pristina.

UN head in Kosovo ends term

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Kosovo, Michael Steiner, ended his assignment today after a year and a half’s tenure, during which he reported improvements in security in the ethnically-riven province but warned that huge challenges still remained in bringing Albanians and Serbs together.

Top UN official signs free trade agreement between Kosovo and Albania

The top United Nations official in Kosovo and the Minister for Economy of Albania today signed a trade agreement to immediately liberalize 50 per cent of goods traded between them, while seeking to expand the amount to 90 per cent over the next six years.

Kosovo: UN official reports on new appeal by leaders urging minority returns

Stressing that huge challenges remain in Kosovo, particularly the return of minorities, the top United Nations official there briefed the Security Council today on a new initiative by Kosovo Albanian leaders urging the mainly Serb refugees to come home.

Despite significant progress, major challenges remain for Kosovo UN mission - Annan

Four years into the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, the province has made significant progress in achieving autonomy and self-government, but firmly establishing the rule of law and creating a sustainable foundation for economic growth and development remain central challenges, according to a new report by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.