1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), by which the Council decided to establish the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and requested that I report at regular intervals on the implementation of the Mission's mandate. The present report covers the activities of UNMIK, and developments related thereto, from 16 September to 15 December 2009.
II. Political situation and Mission priorities
2. In all of my reports in 2009, I have informed the Security Council about the gradual adjustment of the presence, profile and priorities of UNMIK as a result of the changing circumstances on the ground since Kosovo's declaration of independence and the deployment of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) throughout Kosovo. The strategic goal of UNMIK remains the promotion of security, stability and respect for human rights in Kosovo and in the region through engagement with all communities in Kosovo, as well as with Pristina and Belgrade and with regional and international actors. During this period, UNMIK has continued to support minority communities, to encourage reconciliation and to facilitate dialogue and regional cooperation. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and EULEX have continued to perform important roles within the framework of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).