Five years ago on February 17th 2008, the hopes and dreams of Kosovar people were at their all time high. Five years ago Kosovars started hoping that one day their country will be an equal among nations.
On this important date it is important to celebrate the successes but not ignore the failures.
The successes have been many: the recognition by 98 UN Member states, among with other non-members; the membership to different organisations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and the adherence to a European outlook.
The five years of independence have also brought stability and peace, and most importantly, a clear direction for the bruised Balkan nations, with different levels of success.
Five years is a long time in state building and development. Miracles can and have happened in five years. Examples are abundant around the world.
No amount of celebration and self-congratulation can void the fact that there have been failures.
And failures have been many: the standard of living in Kosovo has increased only slightly; unemployment is still among the highest in Europe; Kosovo is not present in any of the ISO standards; nationals of this small republic can travel to a handfull of countries without needing a visa; Kosovo is isolated from the rest of Europe in many ways; the development, foreign, security and other policies have been insufficient in delivering their goals; the political spectrum has not nurtured growth and development, instead, it has nurtured factions and infighting. The list is easy to add to. But it shall stop here.
Have a happy independence day, enjoy it and celebrate it. Let’s not forget the work that needs to be done to celebrate the 10th anniversary with more successes and fewer failures.
Update: the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan has issued a press release confirming that Pakistan recognizes Kosovo. The press release also states that the Pakistani Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey will be accredited as the Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo.
Media in Pakistan have made an unconfirmed announcement over Twitter that Pakistan has recognized Kosovo.
If confirmed, this would make Pakistan the 98th UN Member State to recognize Kosovo.
Following our established practice, we will await confirmation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo before considering this news as official. Stand by for updates. Other reports indicate that the verbal note, confirming the recognition message, has already been sent and is due to arrive shortly.
Nevertheless, we would like to thank the Pakistani people for their support and friendship, with or without the recognition.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo today confirmed that Commonwealth of Dominica has officially recognized Kosovo as an independent state.
This brings the total number of UN Member states recognizing Kosovo to 97.
We thank the Dominican people for their offer of friendship and acceptance.
Thank you Dominica!
The recognition by St. Kitts and Nevis has been confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo. In an email sent to all media contacts, the MFA confirms that the Verbal Note communicating this recognition has been shared by the Kittian and Nevisian Foreign Minister, Sam T. Condor.
We wholeheartedly thank the people of St. Kitts and Nevis for their offer of friendship and acceptance.
St. Kitts and Nevis becomes the 96th UN Member State to recognise Kosovo.
Happy 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania!
Wishing all Albanians, wherever they are, the best for this day.
May the next 100 years be bright and good for everyone.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo has updated its web site to include Burundi as the 93rd UN Member State to recognize Kosovo. The recognition has been dated to 28th of October 2012.
This brings the total count to 95 UN Member States to recognize Kosovo.
We want to whole heartedly thank the people of Burundi for their friendship and acceptance.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not issue any other communication regarding the Burundi recognition.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo has confirmed the Fiji recognition.
The Verbal Note confirming the recongition of Kosovo as an independent state has been received by the MFA.
This makes Fiji the 94th UN Member state to recognize Kosovo.
We would like to extend our thanks to the people of Fiji and look forward to a long-lasting friendship.
We would also like to commend the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for following and respecting the process by confirming the recognition as official upon having received the Verbal Note. We strongly support this approach and procedure.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo today announced that Timor-Leste has formally recognized Kosovo.
This makes Timor-Leste the 93rd UN Member State to recognize Kosovo.
We want to thank the people of Timor-Leste for their friendship and acceptance.
Dear friends and supporters,
We have recently received a number of emails informing us that Burundi has recognized Kosovo. We want to assure you we are aware of the recent events and do our best to be on top of what is happening.
We want to use these recent recognitions as an opportunity to highlight the lack of coordination and communication between Kosovo institutions.
We are in no way undermining or belittling the work of anyone involved in securing these recognitions, including the Deputy Prime Minister Behgjet Pacolli.
We greatly appreciate the work being done in this regard.
But, clear weaknesses remain. Recognitions are being communicated in an uncoordinated and untimely manner. They are announced in an unstructured way and sometimes without clarity.
We are taking this opportunity to request that the Kosovar institutions get serious about working on this together. This means coordinating the announcements, but also giving credit where credit is due. Confirming recognitions with one month delay, having countries missing from the official list, removing countries without giving proper reasons, are not signs of seriously run institutions.
We request that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs take a structured and coordinated approach to announcing recognitions.
- Clearly indicating whether a country has recognized or has only shown support, and avoiding the use of confusing titles in media releases
- Assigning a “recognition spokesperson” that would be the official voice for announcing the recognitions
- Giving credit to the people and institutions involved in securing the recognitions
- Being transparent when mistakes happen, they happen and it is human for them to happen. No big deal.
- Clarifying the position on certain “unclear” recognitions
- When a press release is issued, the MFA web site needs to be updated properly (the last recognition is still missing in the MFA list)
It is easy to do if there is will to do so.
We want to reassure everyone that the team running this web site belongs to no political structure, party or affiliation. The team sympathises with no such entities. We are a completely apolitical group of people that are doing this for the good of the State. Our position is completely neutral in that regard.
All we are asking is that the work be done properly and in a coordinated manner. The people and citizens of Kosovo deserve this, we hope that the Kosovar institutions can deliver this minimum.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo today confirmed that Papua New Guinea has recognized Kosovo as an independent state. Papua New Guinea becomes the 92 UN Member state to recognize Kosovo.
Earlier media reports of this recognition remained unconfirmed. The recognition has been communicated at the United Nations in New York at the meeting between the Papua New Guinean and Kosovar delegations.
We thank the people of Papua New Guinea for their friendship and acceptance.