Kosovo: Obviously a Delicate Matter
The United Nations administered Serbia’s Kosovo through the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) since 1999. In 2005–2006, Martti Ahtisaari, mediated talks between Belgrade and Priština, to reconcile Kosovo’s Albanian majority’s desire for separation from Serbia with Belgrade’s decentralized coexistence of Serbs and Albanians. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fully supported Ahtisaari’s plan for Kosovo’s independence, insisting that Kosovo was a sui generis issue and that its resolution would not create any precedent. Kosovo’s unilateral independence in 2008 left the Security Council sharply divided over its adherence to resolution 1244, which guaranteed Serbia’s territorial sovereignty.