Kosovo

Head of UN mission strongly condemns shooting of Kosovo Serb teens

The head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo today strongly condemned the killing of two teenagers and injury of four others by unknown suspects who opened fire on a group of Serb youngsters swimming in a river in the Pec region.

UN mission to launch new weapons amnesty in Kosovo

The United Nations mission in Kosovo is set to launch a month-long weapons amnesty in September, its third such effort to take out of circulation “the huge quantity of unauthorized weapons” left in the wake of the fighting between ethnic Albanians and Serbs.

Roma agree to remain in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - UN agency

Hundreds of Kosovo Roma who had been camping near the border between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece for nearly three months have now agreed to remain in the Republic, following negotiations including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Security Council condemns recent killing of UN police officer in Kosovo

Security Council members today condemned the recent killing of a United Nations police officer in Kosovo, underscoring their support for the work of the UN mission there and appealing for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Kosovo: UN mission offers reward for information on murdered police officer

The United Nations mission in Kosovo today offered a reward of 50,000 Euros for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of the murder of a UN police officer over the weekend, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged all sides to cooperate in the investigation into this "appalling act."

Kosovo: officer killed in first fatal attack on UN police force

The United Nations police force in Kosovo suffered its first fatal attack last night when an officer was shot and killed in a sniper ambush while driving towards the former flashpoint town of Mitrovica in what the top UN envoy in the area called a “despicable” and “repugnant” act of murder.

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.