United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244


United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 authorised an international civil and military presence in Kosovo, then part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, placing it under interim UN administration. It was adopted on 10 June, 1999. Both sides in the conflict subsequently adopted it in the Kumanovo Treaty.

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The main effects of Resolution 1244 were to:
* Place Kosovo under interim UN administration (currently performed by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, UNMIK);
* Authorize a NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo (currently performed by the Kosovo Force, KFOR);
* Allow for the return of an agreed number of Yugoslav and Serbian personnel to maintain a presence at Serbian Patrimonial sites and key border crossings. ("not implemented in practice");
* Direct UNMIK to establish provisional institutions of local self-government in Kosovo (currently the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government, PISG);
* Reaffirm the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (i.e., Kosovo remains part of the FRY, to which Serbia is now the recognized successor state) and the other States of the region, as set out in the Helsinki Final Act and annex 2 of UNSCR 1244 (an annex that envisions, inter alia, a Kosovo status process);
* Require the UN to assure the safe and unimpeded return of all refugees and displaced persons to their homes in Kosovo and to ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of the province;
* Require that the KLA and other armed Kosovo Albanian groups be demilitarized;
* Authorize the UN to facilitate a political process to determine Kosovo's future status, its level and forms of autonomy (began in late 2005 under the auspices of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari);

See also

* United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
* Other United Nation Security Council Resolutions

External links

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* [http://www.unmikonline.org/press/reports/N9917289.pdf Full text of Security Council resolution 1244 (pdf)]
* (from undemocracy.com)


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