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Kosovo Declares Independence From Serbia

By February 17, 2008

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As expected, the former Serbian province of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on Sunday (February 17) and should shortly become the world's 195th country. The New York Times is reporting that major world powers such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany are likely to recognize Kosovo as an independent nation state within days. With international recognition, Kosovo will meet the criteria for independent country status. Nonetheless, Serbia is likely to continue to claim that Kosovo remains a Serbian province.

Over the next few days we should hear much more about the newly independent country of Kosovo. News reports indicate that the new flag is likely to be blue with with a map of Kosovo along with yellow stars that symbolize the Kosovo's desire to become part of the European Union. Kosovo is home to about 2.2 million people, 95% of whom are ethnic Albanians. The largest city and capital are Pristina. Kosovo borders Kosovo borders Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia.

Wikipedia provides an ever-changing page on the world's newest country of Kosovo. The New York Times has more.

Comments

February 18, 2008 at 1:50 am
(1) The Seagull says:

Wow, another nation!!!
what’s its new capital???
does anyone know?

February 18, 2008 at 4:04 am
(2) AL.L. says:

unless “The Seagull” was attempting to be humorous, had he/she actually read the blurb about Kosovo, their query regarding the name of the capital city would have answered itself: Pristina. …which has been the Kosovo defacto capital for quite some time…

February 18, 2008 at 7:24 am
(3) Ivan-Srbija says:

This Is shame for EU, UN and whole world!
Kosovo was, is and it will be part of Serbia

February 18, 2008 at 9:45 am
(4) Lena Mantaka says:

THIS IA A HORRIBLE SHAME ! this damned clan -USA, UN , EU- ARE PREPARING THE SAME FATE FOR CYPRUS. WAKE UP ! we have to stop them..

February 18, 2008 at 10:02 am
(5) wow says:

wow!!

another hope what remains of serbia wont be subdivided further anymore..

February 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm
(6) Campbell says:

Serbia, like the Soviet Union was created out of brutal conquest. It’s Jingoistic disregard for the rights of its minorities led to crimes against humanity–rape, murder of innocents and a disregard for international standards of decent human behavior. Its victims have a right to the freedom they’ve been denied for so long. If Serbia wants to preserve its borders in the future, it will have to treat its minorities (Muslims, Croat Catholics and others)as full partners in the nation and as free men and women.

February 18, 2008 at 9:15 pm
(7) Rade says:

Campbell
Please go to library and try to find and read some history books. I don’t now where are you coming from but your head is way up your….

February 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm
(8) Akash says:

I think that the people of Kosovo have a lot of gall. They come into a country from their homeland seeking help and then steal a part with their secession. they are simply an ungrateful bunch of s.o.bs and deserve whatever hardships etc that come their way.

February 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm
(9) Win Barber says:

I understand the northern corner portion of Kosovo has all ethnic Serb inhabitants, so can’t they at least alter the boundary to leave that one portion of it in Serbia ? Otherwise you’re creating another “Sudetenland” (the former ethnic German part of Czechoslovakia) which is just asking for trouble.

February 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm
(10) Steve says:

It appears there is going to be some violence because of this change-surprise. My question if the violence is not related to religion-how are the ethnic divisions leading to conflict?

March 5, 2008 at 9:41 am
(11) Colin says:

Rade,

You must be a commie yourself…Or unbelievanly dim. Check this out-http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/authors/michaelobrien.asp- and then tell me what you think.

July 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm
(12) Isiaq says:

hurray another country on the planetpls wht is the criteria of being a citizen of KOSOVO,i wish to nationalisemyself to be a kotovo citizen

January 24, 2009 at 11:52 am
(13) Albi says:

Kosovo it is populated with 95% Albanian Muslims and it doesn’t has absolute nothing similarities with the Serbs. In other way, the Albanians in Kosova were discriminated, deported, killed, massacred, and all what an inhuman can do.
….. So, is it a choice to the Kosova people to be free and to live their free life in thier free country.

Best regards to all
Freedom lovers-fighters.

February 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm
(14) baba says:

kosovo is great place and the people ther are very very good

August 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm
(15) lorraine says:

I do not understand what the world has against Serbia. Historically, Kosovo was Serbian until stolen by the Ottomans, not regaining it until 1913.
Since ethnic Albanians have their own state – Albania – next door, why can’t they return there and give Kosovo back to Serbia, to whom it rightfully belongs?
By what right does Nato, the US and the UN give somebody else’s country away?

Is this all a part of the civil unrest encouraged by the secretive and shadowy World Power organisations, who seek to undermine all Democracies by imposing Multiculturalism, which they know causes ethnic turmoil? Or am I being irrational?

December 23, 2009 at 9:08 am
(16) zkvr says:

Campbell, like Rade I think it would be very helpful for you to read a little history before creating your own opinion.

Your statement: “Serbia, like the Soviet Union was created out of brutal conquest. It’s Jingoistic disregard for the rights of its minorities led to crimes against humanity–rape, murder of innocents and a disregard for international standards of decent human behavior. ” shows your total lack of knowledge of history. Not desiring to begin a discussion, I would like only to tell you that, to begin, you are confusing Serbia with Yugoslavia.

I think it is really important that all the world knows what REALLY happened in Kosovo, because I don’t think it was an accident or an isolated event.

Here is my little grain of sand:

http://thalassiana.blogspot.com/search/label/kosovo

October 4, 2010 at 7:52 am
(17) Ajimotokin Adeyinka Noah says:

Wow! This is nice for Kosovo to be free nd become a country on their own coz its good to have fredom, infacts i like to stay there their with my Family.

May 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm
(18) Dali Los Angeles says:

So, if Serbs in Illinois unilaterally declare independence from the U.S.A. would that be a newest country in the World? Would U.S.a. support them and recognize their independence?
What would be if every minority in every country who is member of UN declare independence?

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