Posted on June 18th, 2012  by TransConflict
By Gerard M. Gallucci

The UNMIK Administration of north Mitrovica, established by UNMIK in 2002 to preserve the legal integrity of Kosovo despite the inability of the Kosovo Albanian municipal government in south Mitrovica to govern there, has served since then to preserve links across the two sides of the Ibar River and between the north and the Pristina government. 
But the ICO wants to leave Kosovo this year and is in a hurry to bring the north to heel. However, an UNMIK presence in north Mitrovica – and the other three Serb-majority municipalities in the north – is required under UNSCR 1244 and remains the only available means to peacefully preserve the integrity of Kosovo’s boundaries as recognized by 1244.