100 days of Republic of Kosova

Today is 100 days since the Republic of Kosova was born. Although at times the climate was rough, until now it has been smooth sailing. The newborn state of Europe which has to date been recognized by 41 countries, is acquiring international support and has faced difficulties only to overcome them.

These 100 days have proven the pessimists wrong. Some claimed our independence to be a precedent, yet this has failed to materialize. Others predicted the failure of law and order and rule of chaos. Again, this too has been far from the reality on the ground.

For a country that is 100 days old, with a people that have gone through a lot, but who show such enthusiasm for change, progress and future, we can say confidently that Republic of Kosova is on the right track.

Problems exist. The state is being built bit by bit. It is a hard and daunting task. But in the face of this all, we can be sure that the next 100 days will only bring improvements.

Regarding Malaysia Recognition of Kosova (2)

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)

Regarding Malaysia Recognition of Kosova

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 Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy

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

UN Secretary-General Report

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.
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