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.

Top UN official in Kosovo praises international security force

Speaking on the fourth anniversary of the arrival of the international security force in Kosovo (KFOR), the top United Nations official there today stressed the importance of continued good cooperation between the NATO-run force and the UN Mission in the province (UNIMIK).

Security Council briefed on successes, remaining challenges of UN in Kosovo

Four years into the United Nations mission's mandate in Kosovo, there have been some successes, but much remains to be done in developing provisional democratic self-governing institutions and ensuring conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants, a top UN official told the Security Council today.

Security Council condemns killing of Kosovo Serb family members

The members of the United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the murder of three members of a Serb family in Kosovo, underscoring that such acts undermined international efforts to foster ethnic reconciliation in the country.

Kosovo: UN envoy announces cash reward for leads to Serb family’s murderers

The top United Nations official in Kosovo today announced a €50,000 (euro) reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of three members of a Serb family in Obilic.

Kosovo: Serb family’s murder is heinous crime against multi-ethnic society – UN

The top United Nations official in Kosovo today denounced the murder of a Serbian family in a town that had made “great progress” in co-existence between the Serbian and Albanian communities, calling it “the most despicable, barbaric and heinous crime” against a multi-ethnic society and announcing the establishment of a special police squad to investigate.

Kosovo: UN envoy says Balkan border security needed to boost economy

The top United Nations official in Kosovo has called on western Balkan countries to ensure secure borders in order to solve their economic difficulties, including unemployment.

Set of 29 mortal remains in Serbia repatriated to Kosovo - UN

A group of 29 mortal remains believed to belong to Kosovars who had been in Serbia proper is expected to be handed over Friday to family representatives, the United Nations mission in Kosovo said today.