SRSG Tanin of UNMIK Kosovo in Berlin

Photo: UNIMK / Schneider / ZIF


On Thursday, June 28, ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with the Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Zahir Tanin. Special Representative of the UN-Secretary-General (SRSG) Tanin briefed about current developments in the country and in the UN mission such as general security, the relationship and talks between Kosovo and Serbia and the transition of the EU Rule of Law mission, EULEX Kosovo. Tanin found positive words for the German commitment in Kosovo. Especially the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) - with a strong German military contribution since 1999 - was one of the topics of discussion, many considering KFOR as a guardian of stability in the country.

Afghan native Zahir Tanin serves as SRSG in Kosovo since 2015, following an outstanding international career. Prior to his appointment as SRSG, he was Permanent Representative for Afghanistan to the United Nations. The ZIF roundtable talk was part of his official visit to Berlin.

UNMIK has been established by the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 in 1999. The Mission 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. Almost 400 civilian staff (a majority of them Kosovars) and some police and military observers serve for UNMIK. SRSG Tanin is furthermore responsible for the coordination of UNMIK and EULEX activities.