The United Nations top official in Kosovo, Farid Zarif, told the Security Council that after the successful conduct of Kosovo-wide municipal elections, the process for the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade "has passed an important milestone and has entered a critically and and broadly more challenging phase."
The head of the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said that it was "crucial" that the upcoming elections succeed in "delivering viable local authority" adding that full participation was encouraged, particularly in the northern municipalities, where local authority has "long lingered in dispute and controversy." UNTV
Strong support from the international community is needed to ensure 'positive momentum' is sustained between Serbia and Kosovo, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today, adding that progress cannot be taken for granted . UNTV
Political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina are still falling short of the expectations of their citizens and the international community, causing the country to slip farther behind its neighbours in regional integration, the Security Council was told today (14 May). UNTV
A senior United Nations (UN) envoy warned today (22 March) that ongoing tensions and incidents on the ground must not be allowed to jeopardize the political talks between Serbia and Kosovo which have resulted in important positive developments and must be permitted to achieve their potential. UNTV
In a partial retrial, the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj for a second time of war crimes allegedly committed as commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army. ICTY
The Security Council discusses UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent report on the work of the UN Mission in Kosovo, in which he welcomes the assurances received both in Belgrade and Pristina regarding their readiness and commitment to resume substantive engagement within the European Union-facilitated dialogue. UNTV
Following a visit to the Balkans by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month, his representative in Kosovo today (21 August) called on the Security Council to encourage leaders inSerbiaand Kosovo to take a bolder approach to core political issues facing the region, while putting in place agreed-upon measures on practical matters. UNTV