Situation in Kosovo "dramatically different" from four years ago

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Security Council meets on Kosovo. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The situation in Kosovo has been described as "dramatically different" from four years ago by the top UN envoy in the territory.

Farid Zarif, who leads the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, was briefing the Security Council on Friday on recent developments.

The UN has been working to promote security, stability, and respect for human rights in the territory, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

Stephanie Coutrix has more.

The head of the UN mission in Kosovo told the UN Security Council that when he arrived in 2011, tension was extremely high.

At the time, road barricades had been erected throughout the north as Kosovo Serb demonstrators clashed with the NATO-led multinational force in the territory, KFOR.

But four years since then, Farid Zarif said the situation is very different.

He explained that Kosovo Serb ministers now serve in key positions, not only promoting the interests of their own community but increasingly of the electorate as a whole.

"No progress is irreversible, of course. I do not wish to suggest that the efforts made to date are yet sufficient to guarantee headway. I do, however, firmly believe that there is objective justification for cautious optimism that this process will continue and produce more tangible results in the interest of all."

Mr Zarif also commended what he called "critically important steps" by institutions earlier this month, when the Assembly of Kosovo passed laws in line with its European aspirations.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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