Update 3: The Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Mr Behgjet Pacolli, has declared that Mali has not recognized Kosovo. Pacolli explains the situation as having arisen from internal problems in Mali.
Update 2: Kosovo Media citing the Global Times are reporting that the news about Mali’s recognition of Kosovo has been refuted by the Republic Mali.
KosovoThanksYou.com urges the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo to provide an explanation about the prompt addition of Mali on the list of countries that recognize Kosovo.
Update 1: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo has not yet confirmed the recognition of Kosovo by Mali. The earlier acknowledgement of this recognition, listed on the web site of the Kosovar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been removed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo has not released any other communique on this subject.
We call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clarify the status of this recognition.
The recognition announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Behgjet Pacolli last week, has been acknowledged by the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Republic of Mali has been listed as having recognized Kosovo. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo has not released any official communication on this recognition.
Mali becomes the 92nd UN Member State to recognize the Republic of Kosovo.
We would like to thank wholeheartedly the people of Mali for their offer of friendship and understanding.
Thank you Mali!
Sometimes we need to take a moment and think about all that has happened since February 17th 2008. In about half a year, Kosovo will be 5 years old. During this time, 91 countries have recognized our home country and many have accepted our existence by not ignoring or preventing Kosovars from using their passports. These are big deeds. Deeds of friendship and acceptance, deeds that show human values and justice.
We want to take a moment and thank all those countries, people, nations, governments and oppositions, monarchs and decision makers, for it is because of you that we can today say “we exist”. Your acceptance has gone beyond senseless boundaries and have embraced friendship and openness. Without it we would not be.
It is your acceptance that gives hope to 2 million citizens of the Kosovar Republic that even if we are far from perfect, have a long way to go, need to build a sensible society that gives birth a sensible governance, are struggling to understand and give roots to Rule of Law, that some day we will make it.
We will probably not meet in the halls of the General Assembly in New York while the Veto remains a tool of politics, we will probably not meet in the Olympic games of Rio 2016 while the International Olympics Committee is willing to bend over to politics, and we will definitely not meet each other playing the Beautiful game while UEFA and FIFA show no backbone to politics.
Nevertheless, the above matter not.
What matters is, that today at least, there are 91 countries that say “Kosovo exists”. And for this we want to thank each and every one of you. Thank you for accepting us, thank you for supporting us, and thank you for recognizing us.
The KosovoThanksYou Team