Statement from UNMIK SRSG in relation to events in northern Kosovo and the detention of UN staff members
UNMIK is following with great concern the developments in northern Kosovo today, including the detention of two UN staff members during the course of their duties by Kosovo Police. Both staff members were subsequently transferred to hospital for treatment of injuries. We are establishing the precise circumstances, in close coordination with all international agencies on the ground.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo Mr. Zahir Tanin called for the immediate release of the UN staff members, adding “any harm to United Nations staff will be met with the highest degree of diplomatic and international legal responses”.
“I urge all parties to abide by the principles of rule of law and dignity for all to life and liberty, and to help restore calm and security in the area.”
UNMIK will provide more information at the appropriate time.
Update at 14:30 local time: One UNMIK staff member, a Russian national, has been released.