UN envoy calls for renewed commitment to Kosovo

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Wide view of the Security Council meeting on Kosovo.

The international community should work to renew its engagement in Kosovo, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Farid Zarif, told members of the Security Council on Tuesday.

UNMIK was established in 1999 following ethnic conflict between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo.

The mission has been working to ensure conditions for a peaceful life for all inhabitants of Kosovo, engaging with authorities in the region's capital, Pristina, and the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Mr. Zarif spoke about the need for what he called a clear demonstration of commitment from both sides in the region.

"I wish to appeal once again to the members of this august council to positively apply their authority and influence in order to assist and encourage the parties towards a more creative, bold approach to negotiations based on mutual compromise and respect. I believe that only by pursuing this path can we expect any real progress, along with greater successes, eventually putting the unfortunate past behind us."

Duration: 33″

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