Kosovo: Show solidarity in face of COVID, UN Mission chief urges

The top UN official in Kosovo, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, called for solidarity as its new Government grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and a host of other challenges.

Kosovo elections: ‘Most significant change’ in 12 years, Security Council hears

Elections held earlier this month in Kosovo represent “the most significant change in the political landscape” there in a dozen years, the UN mission chief told the Security Council on Thursday.

‘Antagonistic gestures and accusations’ drown out Kosovo dialogue hopes, Security Council hears

Prospects for a “swift resumption” of substantive talks between the leaderships of Kosovo and Serbia have been put on the back burner in recent months, by a tendency to resort instead to “antagonistic gestures and accusations” said the head of the UN Mission in Kosovo.

At UN, Serbian President discusses future of peaceful, prosperous Western Balkans region

Kicking off the third day of the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly, Aleksandar Vucic, the President of Serbia, drew attention to the future of the Western Balkans region – with a focus on how to preserve peace and ensure prosperity

UN expert calls on Serbia to expedite legal measures amid housing crisis

Amid a range of structural challenges, including high unemployment and poverty, Serbia is now also facing a housing crisis which demands an immediate Government response, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert.

Serbia: UN rights office urges protection of gay rights after pride parade is cancelled

The United Nations human rights office today urged Serbian authorities to ensure the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community can exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association, following the Government’s decision to cancel the pride parade in Belgrade last weekend for the third year in a row.

Praising advances in Serbia, UN official urges political will to solidify human rights gains

Visiting Serbia at “an important and transformative moment” in its history, the United Nations human rights chief today urged a steadfast focus on fundamental rights as she hailed a succession of political advances that augur well for the country itself and for the future of the wider region.

Dispute with Kosovo can only be settled through negotiations, Serbia says at UN

Serbia cannot accept Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence but it will also not abandon the negotiations process between Belgrade and Pristina, the country’s President told the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

Secretary-General appeals for continued support for UN’s Kosovo mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for cooperation and constructive engagement from all concerned for a reconfigured United Nations mission in Kosovo, which he says is continuing to play an important role amid the changing reality on the ground following Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia last year.

UN rights expert urges reform of religious registration law in Serbia

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Serbian Government to reform legislation restricting the freedom of religion in the Balkan State, while finding signs of encouragement in its multi-ethnic enclaves.