UN envoy reports progress towards implementing accord on Kosovo

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Leaders of Kosovo and Serbia continue to make progress towards implementation of their 19 April agreement, according to the

UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Kosovo, Farid Zarif.

The 15-point agreement, facilitated by the top European Union diplomat, Catherine Ashton, provides for representation of ethnic Serbs in the Central government.

The accord also provides for holding municipal elections in northern Kosovo later this year facilitated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The leaders also made a commitment that neither Serbia nor Kosovo would block each other's respective paths towards integration into the European Union.

Ambassador Zarif briefed the Security Council by videoconference on Thursday.

"Leaders in Pristina and Belgrade have sustained their commitment to work toward implementation of the Agreement in a timely and constructive manner, notwithstanding some complications in the process. Such progress remains fundamental to building mutual trust and realizing the key aspirations of both parties, the population in Kosovo, and indeed of the region."

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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