German diplomat Joachim Ruecker, confirmed as the UN’s next head of mission in Kosovo, has been holding talks with the president of the southern Serbian province – and delivered some upbeat comments.
“We can see in Kosovo quite a number of very encouraging signs where people from different communities live and work together – finding solutions, finding practical solutions, and laying the foundations for a multi-ethnic Kosovo,” he told a news conference.
Still technically part of Serbia, Kosovo has been under UN administration since NATO’s bombing campaign in 1999. Ninety per cent of its people are ethnic Albanians. Unlike some Serbian representatives, they have broadly welcomed Ruecker’s appointment as the West mulls granting the province the independence the majority has demanded.