PRISTINA (AP)--The Dutch development minister arrived in Kosovo Tuesday to discuss the private business sector in the disputed U.N.-run province as part of a plan to promote Dutch investments in the Balkans.
The Netherlands has contributed EUR160 million since mid-1999 in projects on infrastructure, health and the return of those displaced by the 1998-99 conflict between ethnic Albanian rebels and Serb government forces.
Development minister Agnes van Ardenne met with Kosovo's top U.N. official Soren Jessen-Petersen and other leaders. She will also give a speech at Pristina's university on regional cooperation and free trade.
Kosovo is legally a province of Serbia-Montenegro, the union that replaced Yugoslavia, but has been under U.N. administration since mid-1999, when a North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led air war halted Serb forces' crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.
The province is among Europe's poorest regions.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires