2 May 2008 – The United Nations peacekeeping chief travels today to the Balkans for a fact-finding mission on Kosovo, which earlier this year declared its independence from Serbia.Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, will be holding talks with all stakeholders in both Pristina and Belgrade about the future of the international civil presence in Kosovo, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters today.

The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has been in place since mid-1999 after NATO forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid inter-ethnic fighting, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said it will continue to exercise its authority until the Security Council decides otherwise.

Source: United Nations News Service