Building local institutions and parliamentarianism in post-war Kosovo: A review of joint efforts by the UN and OSCE from 1999-2006 Jens Narten 1 Following the breakdown of state institutions in Kosovo after the war in 1998/99, the United Nations interim administration was faced with the challenge of establishing its own structures and setting up what later became the Kosovo institutions of provisional self-government. Striving towards the common goal of building up functioning democratic state institutions and reviving Kosovo’s parliamentary culture, the Kosovo missions of the United Nations ( UN ) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ( OSCE ) combined their efforts in a joint pillar structure under a UN umbrella. Before attempts could be undertaken to create a foundation for local state institutions and parliamentary structures, the missions were confronted with the consequences of a power vacuum subsequent to the end of the war. This vacuum was quickly filled at the municipal level by the command structures of the former Kosovo-Albanian Liberation Army ( UCK ) that had gained control in many municipalities, parallel to the military intervention of NATO troops. To exert control, the UN Mission in Kosovo ( UNMIK ) initiated the
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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