Crime, economy and multi-ethnic society priorities for Kosovo in 2003, UN envoy says

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo today told the Security Council that the priorities for the UN's mission this year will focus on the standards that are required for a decent life, such as reducing the crime rate, improving the economy and encouraging the formation of a multi-ethnic society.

Reaching UN targets essential for determining Kosovo's future - Security Council

Backing the individual benchmarks and targets set by the United Nations, the Security Council today welcomed the progress made in the province in 2002 and voiced its support for the UN's continued efforts in improving the economy and reducing the level of crime.

Despite progress, Kosovo still a considerable way from UN targets - Annan

Though significant achievements were made in Kosovo towards the end of 2002, the province is still a considerable way from reaching the individual benchmarks and targets set by the United Nations, according to a report by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan released today in New York.

Kosovo: UN envoy discusses regional concerns with leaders in Mitrovica

The senior United Nations envoy in Kosovo today held talks in Mitrovica with key officials as part of his ongoing bid to promote stability and development there.

Minorities in Kosovo still face acute discrimination, UN reports

The security of minorities in Kosovo continues to be a major cause for concern despite the general improvement of the situation in that province over the past year, according to a new report by the United Nations refugee agency.

Kosovo: UN envoy ready to hand over more responsibilities to local institutions

The top United Nations envoy for Kosovo, Michael Steiner, said today he is ready to hand over all competencies that he legally can to Kosovo's provisional institutions on one condition - that they work more seriously.

Condemning party official’s murder, UN envoy says Kosovo ‘sick and tired’ of violence

The head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today condemned the murder over the weekend of an official in the party of President Ibrahim Rugova who had also been a prominent commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army.