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All initiatives, like those started by the agencies BETA from Belgrade and the KosovaLive from Pristina, are undoubtedly contributing to dialogue and understanding among people in Kosovo and Serbia. Such ventures are not only welcome, but also needed badly. This is why the European Union believes that such initiatives are opening very important possibilities, for which we are certain and hope very much to succeed. Such action is welcome, directed towards mutual understanding and overcoming of difficulties from the past, and is paving the way...

This forum symbolizes in the clearest way what the relations between the Albanian and the Serb community should be – they should be talking to each other. Clear and open dialogue is required to address the common problems on the table and it appears that this is the aim of this forum. It is my true hope that communicating via the Internet will also improve personal dialogue. This is of paramount importance, in particular in 2005, a year I would call a very testing one....

I was in Kamenicë/Kamenica in Gjilan/Gnjilane region recently where I was treated to a delightful cultural performance by groups of Kosovo Albanian, Kosovo Serb and Roma children. I also visited a brick factory where the workforce is 50% Kosovo Albanian and 50% Kosovo Serb. The children go to school together, the employees at the factory work together and socialize without any problems. Yet we find that some of the media are constantly feeding us perceptions of insecurity, of lack of freedom of movement, of animosity...

The unresolved fate of the missing and the suffering of their families is one of the most pernicious long-term consequences of the conflict in Kosovo. According to information provided by the families to the ICRC, more than 2,600 persons on both sides remain unaccounted for in relation with the events in Kosovo between January 1998 and December 2000. The fact that these missing persons are almost certainly dead takes nothing away from the suffering their families are experiencing every day. Not knowing what happened to...

In 2005 the massive displacement of various communities from Kosovo still remains an unresolved problem. This continued human suffering requires the full attention of the local governmental authorities, but also the continued commitment of the international community. The Working Group on Returns was established under the auspices the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for the Kosovo in the framework of the Direct Dialogue (‘Vienna Process’) between Belgrade and Pristina. Upon request of the SRSG UNHCR has accepted the role as impartial facilitator and...