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Kosovo political engagement of minorities a key challenge Security Council told

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, stressed that the 15-member Council mission, which visited the area from 16 to 18 June, had succeeded in delivering “firm and balanced” messages that the UN and the international community were committed to protecting the rights of all communities, but that all Kosovars “must accept their share of the responsibility.” The Kosovo Albanians must respect the rights of the minority communities, and these communities must accept “the risk of participation,” he said. The mission had made clear that there was “no hidden agenda,” Mr. Guéhenno stressed at the outset of the debate, in which representatives of almost 20 countries took part. He said the international community was aiming to “take the process forward by establishing provisional self-government through the November elections and by creating a society in Kosovo that will be able to produce legitimate interlocutors for discussions on a final settlement.”There was a need to create confidence-building measures vis-à-vis the Kosovo Serb community in conjunction with the Yugoslav authorities, Mr Guéhenno said. The security situation was a key factor, as the Kosovo Serb community, in particular, continued “to suffer disproportionately from major crimes and ethnically motivated acts of intimidation.” read more

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8 of Dublins coolest office spaces

first_imgImages by Peter Würmli, Camenzind EvolutionAirbnbThe hospitality company’s digs in Ringsend features a a horseshoe-shaped bar, some old school Irish telephone boxes and a tiered seating/meeting area. Swanky. Images by Donal MurphyGoogleGoogle’s Dublin campus has giant letters to sit in, 45 kitchen areas, snooker tables, music rooms and libraries. Images by Ed Reeve via airbnb.comThey also have an office dog. Jealous? Us? APART FROM Towers of course, let’s take a look at some of the most eye catching workplaces in Dublin.VerveLive communications agency Verve is located in an old candle factory on Erne Street.The foyer features the company’s logo We Are Live in lights as well as a vintage 1973 Citreon DS which now serves as a meeting space.center_img Source: IDA IrelandFacebookFacebook’s Dublin offices have expended to meet the needs of their growing staff. The new space in Grand Canal Square is drool-inducing. Images by Ludvig Hedlund/FacebookCKSKThis digital agency on South William Street in Dublin has its own bar. Handy for those Friday afternoon pints. Source: FacebookD4H TechnologiesThe D4H offices are 134 feet above Dublin Bay in the Bailey Lighthouse in Howth.They even have a live lighthouse camera that refreshes every couple of minutes so you can see what they’re seeing. Source: d4h.orgRyanairYes, you read that right. Ryanair’s new HQ in Swords has a bar, a slide (complete with ‘no gobshites’ warning) and a games room. Source: Steph Grogan Source: Steph Grogan Source: ClickOnline.comBrown Bag FilmsLike Airbnb, this animation hub in Smithfield also comes with an office dog. The dream. Source: FacebookKeeping the dog company are office walls decorated with some of Brown Bag’s best-loved characters, a few Emmy awards, and regular ice cream and cake treats. Source: Facebook Source: Facebook8 things you say to your co-workers… and what they actually mean>Read: Facebook moving office to make room for more staff in Dublin>last_img read more