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UN Documents Corruption In Kosovo --> 19 October 2005 -- A new United Nations report is highlighting documented cases of alleged systematic corruption by publicly owned companies in Serbia's Kosovo province.

The report by the UN's internal watchdog, the Office for Internal Oversight Services, said investigators have spent about 18 months probing what it called the "most significant" charges of corruption and other wrongdoing linked to activities at the Pristina airport.

The charges include bribery, fraud, irregularities in procurement and contracts, and one case of sexual exploitation and rape.

The report highlights what it calls several criminal referrals and administrative violations in connection to the airport. Investigations are continuing.

The report said investigators are also probing the energy sector, mainly including cases involving the Kosovo energy company Korporata Energjetike e Kosoves.

Regarding the United Nations' 19 current peacekeeping operations around the world, the report highlighted what it said was a sharp increase in cases of sexual exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel, and fuel theft at various missions.