Kosovo declares independence

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On Feb. 17, 2008, the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government Assembly of Kosovo (essentially its parliament) passed a proclamation of independence from Serbia. While Kosovo celebrated, the Serbian government strongly declared the illegality of the independence vote.

Kosovo’s declaration was recognized by several foreign states, including the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Turkey and Poland; however, Russia, Romania, Spain and Serbia deny it. Serbia has withdrawn its ambassadors from every state that recognizes Kosovo. Russia has warned that the vote is a dangerous precedent in the region.

There have been many protests in Serbia and some have turned violent. The American Embassy in Belgrade was closed beginning Feb. 26 due to security concerns and damage from fire. The Department of State has warned Americans to avoid gatherings and events protesting Kosovo’s declaration and the involvement of the UN, U.S. and European Union in policing the new “international” border with Serbia.

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On Feb. 17, 2008, the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government Assembly of Kosovo (essentially its parliament) passed a proclamation of independence from Serbia. While Kosovo celebrated, the Serbian government strongly declared the illegality of the independence vote.

Kosovo’s declaration was recognized by several foreign states, including the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Turkey and Poland; however, Russia, Romania, Spain and Serbia deny it. Serbia has withdrawn its ambassadors from every state that recognizes Kosovo. Russia has warned that the vote is a dangerous precedent in the region.

There have been many protests in Serbia and some have turned violent. The American Embassy in Belgrade was closed beginning Feb. 26 due to security concerns and damage from fire. The Department of State has warned Americans to avoid gatherings and events protesting Kosovo’s declaration and the involvement of the UN, U.S. and European Union in policing the new “international” border with Serbia.