Due to a misunderstanding that apparently occurred between the Liaison Office of Malaysia in Prishtina and the Malaysian Government, the Liaison Office communicated by mistake that Kuala Lumpur has recognized Kosova. This happened on 20th of February 2008 during the meeting between the Cabinet of the President of Republic of Kosova and the Malaysian Liaison Office.
As it turns out, Malaysia has not yet formally recognized the independence of Republic of Kosova. Malaysia has welcomed Kosovar independence.
Explanation by Republic of Kosova Presidency regarding Malaysian recognition (in Albanian)
Update 1: According to sources who contacted the Malaysian Embassy in Washington D.C., Malaysia has recognised republic of Kosova.
The KosovaThanksYou team is currently trying to confirm conflicting reports from the media regarding Malaysia recognition of Kosova. The team has confirmed reports from official sources and has made inquiries in order to clarify the issue.
Republic of Kosova Presidency on Malaysia deciding to recognize Kosova
Malaysia Foreign Ministry statement in support of Kosovar independence
Statement by Malaysia’s Foreign Minister regarding Kosovar recognition
Also, due to a technical mistake in our applicaiton while updating the links earlier today Malaysia was removed from the list for a period of five minutes.
The Kosova Thanks You team received confirmation of this news today from the Mission of the Republic of Marshall Islands to the United Nations in New York and the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosova.
The Economist last year published a study about democracies in 167 countries (2007). The Economist Index of Democracy focuses mainly on five categories: free and fair election process, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture. According to the study almost half of the World’s countries can be considered democracies, but only 28 qualify as “full democracies”.
Kosova has been formally recognized by 20 out of 28 “full democracy” countries.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy
We are glad that on the latest report of the Secretary-General on the UNMIK (March 28, 2008), the map of Kosova has been updated. For the first time the label “Province of Kosovo” has been updated to just “Kosovo”, as well as the Kosova border with Serbia has been more emphasized. We are aware that all the borders are not labeled as international, but it is still a sign that UN is accepting a new reality.
We are glad that Albania and Croatia were invited to NATO and Macedonia will follow their path soon. We also wish Mr. Haradinaj (Kosova’s former PM) a safe return home.
(April Fools day, don’t take it seriously)
Einstein: “Precedent? That is relative when it comes to Kosova”
Sir Isaac Newton: “A second apple fell on my head when I heard about Kosova. It makes perfect sense now”
Archimedes: “I was running and yelling Eureka. Then I saw someone already thought of it, independence was the only way”
Amelia Earhart: “Happy to know that Kosova can fly alone”
Confucius: “a happy people, leads to a happy state”
Leonardo Da Vinci: “oh look, they cracked the code”
Copernicus: “…maybe I was wrong. It is not the Sun”
Benjamin Franklin: “Euros? I just wish they used the Benjamins (dollars), that would be cool”
Mendeleev: “I always knew there is a place for the KS element in my table”
Marie Curie: “I wish I could give Kosova the gift of Kosovanium”
Steve Jobs: “I present to you, a state, a democracy, and European: iKosova”
Bill Gates: “I might have been wrong about how much RAM people will need in the future, but I always said, Kosova will be a-okey. I hear they have some excellent .NET programmers”
Sergei Brin to Larry Page (Google guys): “Why isn’t Google Maps updated already?”
Linus Torvalds: “Kosova will be an _open_ society, and one that uses open source and Linux. I hear they have some _excellent_ programmers
Pink Floyd: “Wish we were there”
Darth Vader: “it is no precedent, the situation in Kosova is completely different from that of rebel planets”
Yoda: “Thaçi, the Force is strong with that one. Great things I see for Kosova. Bright is the future of the republic. Kosova, may the Force be with you”
Nicola Tesla: “I am drooling when I think of all the electricity that will be produced by this small country ”
Steven Spielberg: “I can see a movie coming…”
Martin Scorsese: “I can see a movie coming…”
Quentin Tarantino: “…I need the soundtrack before the movie. But yes, I can see a movie coming…”
Enjoy April Fools day…we are.
Best wishes from Kosova and beyond…