Kosovo is 2 years old

On this day, 2 years ago, Kosovo became an independent state. Since the 1st anniversary of Kosovar independence, another 11 UN member states have recognized the youngest European country.

We would like to wholeheartedly thank Maldives, Palau, Gambia, Saudi Arabia, Comoros, Bahrain, Jordan, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Malawi and Mauritania for extending their recognition and friendship to our people.

We greatly appreciate it, value it and need it.

2010 is a crucial year for Kosovo. Besides the International Court of Justice case, this year will also see many challenges for our country in terms of European integration and economic development. We hope and wish things will continue to go our way as they have in the past 2 years.

We would like to thank all our supporters around the world for everything they have given us.

May peace and light prevail.

Happy birthday Kosovo.

Republic of Malawi recognizes Republic of Kosovo

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo today announced that Republic of Malawi has decided to recognize Kosovo. Malawi has made this announcement via the United Nations mission in New York. Malawi has extended its recognition by stating that it will forge further ties with Kosovo in the near future.

Malawi becomes the 64th UN member state to recognize Kosovo.

We thank wholeheartedly the people of Malawi for their support and recognition.

Kosovo and Macedonia establish diplomatic relations

One year after Macedonia recognized Kosovo, this Saturday, the foreign minister of Kosovo Skender Hyseni and his Macedonian counterpart Antonio Milošoski signed an act for establishing diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kosovo and Republic of Macedonia.

“Convinced that the establishment of the diplomatic relations between our countries will contribute to cooperation and mutual understanding as well as peace and security in the region”  is stated on the agreement.

It is also stated that both countries will at opportune time open embassies and accredit their ambassadors.

Source: MFA of Kosovo

Concerning recognition of Kosovo passports by P.R. China

In the last couple of days local Kosovar media have issued reports that People’s Republic of China recognizes passports of Republic of Kosovo. KosovoThanksYou team is attempting to acquire solid proof of this, either by attaining a Chinese visa or by receiving a scanned version of the issued visa.

Although there were reports of Kosovars traveling to China even before last week, to date there has been no proof sent to our website.

A condition for a country to appear in the list of countries that unofficially recognize the Kosovo passports is to either have a scanned version of the passport page containing the entry stamp or visa, or an email from the country’s authorities stating that passports are recognized.

New Zealand recognizes the passports of Repblic of Kosovo

The Department of Labour of New Zealand announces that the Republic of Kosovo passports are acceptable for New Zealand since June 5, 2009.

The statement says that the Kosovo passport meets the definition of a passport as specified under Section 2 of the Immigration Act. All Kosovo passports issued by the Republic of Kosovo, both standard and diplomatic, are considered acceptable travel documents and thus valid for travel to New Zealand if the holder meets immigration policy.

New Zealand has not recognized the republic of Kosovo as an independent state as yet as opposed to it’s close neighbour, Australia, which recognized Kosovo just two days after the declaration of independence. However, the recognition of the passports is a step forward towards recognition of Kosovo institutions.
Download the Department of Labour of NZ statement

See the complete list of passports

Kosovo confirms admittance to the World Bank

The Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, today confirmed that Kosovo has been admitted to the World Bank. With over 100 countries being in favor of Kosovo joining the World Bank the admittance sends a strong message that Kosovo is accepted as a sovreign state by countries and institutions of the world.

The World Bank is made up of two institutions, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). World Bank’s main role is to help governments lead and implement development projects. The World Bank Group includes additional three institutions.

Acceptance into the World Bank is significant for Kosovo because, together with the IMF, it gives it access to both expertise and funds for the development of the Kosovar economy, infrastructure and society.

Source: http://www.kryeministri-ks.net/?page=1,9,661

OIC passes resolution on Kosovo

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on May 25th 2009 passed a resolution on Kosovo. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo this resolution welcomes the progress made during the first year of independence. The OIC resolution also welcomes the deployment of EULEX, reconfiguration of UNMIK and calls on the international community to continue supporting multilateral efforts in Kosovo. The resolution establishes regular updates to the OIC regarding progress of Kosovo, thus placing Kosovo high on the OIC agenda.

The adoption of this resolution marks a significant step for Kosovo.

Earlier this week the Serbian Foreign Ministry attempted to mark a diplomatic victory by claiming that the resolution has been sidetracked and rejected. A bigger question was brought up when the Serbian Foreign Ministry claimed to have influenced the content of the resolution by bringing forth changes that omitted any call for recognition of Kosovo by OIC member states. Although this claim is yet to be verified, diplomatic sources state that the OIC resolution never contained any call to OIC members to recognize Kosovo.

Recognition of states is not in the jurisdiction of the OIC and is entirely up to each member state of the OIC to recognize Kosovo on its own terms.

Flying for Kosovo: James begins his journey today!

James Berisha, a Kosovar-American, originally from Brestovc, Kosovo is beginning his journey today on May 25, 2009 departing at 8:00 am El Paso time (16:00 CET) with his single engine plane starting from El Paso, Texas, USA to more than 30 countries in Central and South America to rally support for newly independent Kosovo.

KosovoThanksYou team enthusiastically supports James’ project and goal to raise awareness among Central and South America countries regarding the Kosovo recognition.

We wish James a safe journey and we encourage him to  fly as a free bird for the independence of Kosovo!

For more information visit Flying for Kosovo

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