Kosovo first birthday
Pristine, 17th February 2009. – Kosovo has marked the first anniversary of its unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia after becoming the world’s newest state in 2008. Parliament in Pristina held a special session at 11.00 local time – the hour at which the declaration was made – while thousands celebrated outside. Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said it had been “a year of historic success”. Serbia still refuses to recognize Kosovo and parts of northern Kosovo remain tensely divided between ethnic Albanians and Serbs. 54 of the UN’s 192 countries and 22 of the 27 EU member states have recognized Kosovo’s independence. The Serb minority and their religious sites are currently protected by a NATO-led force helping to keep order is the EU’s largest ever police and justice mission, Eulex, which deployed in December 2008.