Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Kosova celebrates 2nd independence anniversary

A total number of 65 countries recognize Kosovo’s independence, including the United States.

Kosovo celebrates the 2nd anniversary of its independence from Serbia. Streets are adorned with flags and the government has announced a two-day official holiday.

The first ceremony was held in Prizren to commemorate martyrs. People has taken to the streets in Kosovo where blood and tears were shed for long years.

The Kosovo Parliament declared independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008.

Declaring the Kosovo’s independence as “illegal”, Serbia intended to seek international validation and filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice.

After the end of the Kosovo War in 1999, the United Nations Security Council placed Kosovo under transitional UN administration and demanded the Serbian forces to withdraw from Kosovo.

Following Martti Ahtisaari’s, a former President of Finland, proposal for a supervised independence in February 2007, the declaration of independence was made by members of the Kosovo Assembly meeting in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, on 17 February 2008. It was approved by unanimous quorum.

Turkey is one of the first states to recognize Kosovo’s independence, and the total number has reached 65, including the United States and majority of EU member states.

The European Union both controls and supports Kosovo’s march for independence.

Turkish Ambassador to Kosovo Metin Hüsrev Ünler expressed his support at the reception given by Kosovan President Fatmir Seydiu.

Great infrastructure and energy projects are underway in Kosovo in an effort to repair damages of the war, while the contry struggles with a high unemployment rate.

Applying for the EU membership, Kosovo is becoming a member of many international finance institutions and carries out reforms along with the help of Turkey.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Abdullah Gül sent a message to his Kosovan counterpart, saying: “On behalf of the Turkish nation, I congratulate 2nd birthday of the Republic of Kosovo with sincere feelings.”

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