Kosovo: UN mission chief invites leaders from Pristina, Belgrade for direct talks

The head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo today sent out formal invitations to the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia and Montenegro to participate in direct talks next week in Vienna.

Continued Security Council support for Kosovo 'crucial' - UN official

Concerned by the mounting tensions and insecurity in Kosovo, a senior United Nations official today descried a number of violent attacks in the province during the past two months, primarily targeting Serbs, and said the continued support of the Security Council would be "crucial" to maintaining the rule of law.

Five die in Kosovo prison fire, 17 injured – UN official

Five Kosovo prisoners died in a fire and 16 more were hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation after rioting inmates protesting over general conditions set their mattresses ablaze, a senior United Nations official in the province said today.

Kosovo: UN rights chief strongly condemns recent attacks as ‘heinous acts’

The acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, today strongly condemned the recent series of attacks in Kosovo, calling them an assault on the crucial process of democratic reforms and appealing for an immediate end to the violence.

UN envoy deplores deadly attack on Kosovo Serbs

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today strongly condemned an attack Sunday evening which left one Serb dead and four others injured.

New top UN envoy in Kosovo visits flashpoint city of Mitrovica

The new top United Nations envoy for Kosovo, Harri Holkeri, today visited Mitrovica, a flashpoint of tension between ethnic Albanians and Serbs over the past two years, urging the people to break the cycle of violence and seek reconciliation and underlining his own commitment to bring the communities closer.

Following shootings, Security Council meets to discuss situation in Kosovo

In the wake of last week's shooting death of two Kosovo Serb teenagers, and the injuring of four others, the United Nations Security Council today met to consider the situation in Kosovo during which participants condemned the brutal killings and expressed concern at the continued violence.

Kosovo: UN official pays tribute to memory of slain Serbian teenagers

The recent killing of two Kosovo Serb teenagers should serve as the impetus to promote reconciliation in the area, a senior United Nations official said at the funeral.

New head of UN mission vows open cooperation with all communities in Kosovo

The new head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo today met with leaders of the province and underlined the importance of collaboration to combat inter-ethnic violence, pledging his intention to openly cooperate with all communities.

Security Council strongly condemns shooting of Kosovo Serb teens

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the deaths of two teenagers and injury to four others after unknown suspects opened fire on a group of Kosovo Serb youngsters, demanding that no efforts be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice.