Senior UN official calls for probe into latest incident in Kosovo

Special Representative Farid Zarif. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

28 June 2012 – The United Nations envoy for Kosovo has condemned the incidents that occurred there today, particularly the attack on buses carrying a number of children of Serbian nationality, and called on all parties to refrain from actions that could worsen the situation.

A group of about 70 Serbs was travelling in two buses to Gazimestan, a religious and historic site close to the capital, Pristina, when police turned them back, according to media reports. The subsequent clashes reportedly left 50 people injured.

Farid Zarif, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, strongly condemned the “incidents and provocative acts,” in a statement issued by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Mr. Zarif called on the authorities to conduct a complete and thorough investigation into the incidents.

Established in 1999, UNMIK is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the western Balkans.

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