APRIL 26 -- The situation of detainees and missing persons and return of displaced persons were serious issues that needed to be addressed with the Security Council delegates visiting Kosovo beginning tomorrow, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Dr. Bernard Kouchner, said today.
He was briefing the Kosovo Transitional Council, which will hold a special session on Friday with the Council delegates. Dr. Bernard Kouchner said that it was his hope that the special session will result in "a fruitful exchange of views" and will help the Security Council better understand the reality of Kosovo today.
The issue of missing persons affected today's attendance at the KTC meeting, with all but one of the Serb observers absent on the advice of the security forces, following demonstrations against continuing detainees in Serbia.
During their visit the Security Council members will meet with local leaders, including the two community leaders in Mitrovica, Dr. Bajram Rexhepi, President of the local branch of Kosovo Democratic Progress Party (PPDK) and Mr. Oliver Ivanovic, President of the Executive Board of the Serb National Council. They will also meet with Bishop Artemije in Gracinica, and will meet with families of missing persons during a visit to Gjakova.
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