Tags: Declaration, Independence, Kosova, Kosovo, Vienna
Kosova declared its independence from Serbia and today, Sunday 17 February 2008. The event was accompanied by public gatherings of Kosovarians in all neighbouring states. Here are some pictures taken at Vienna’s Heldenplatz earlier today, also showing the new Kosovarian flag – to me this contrast of black and crimson has a rather worrisome, belligerent appeal…
UPDATE: How embarrassing I didn’t know. The flag in the picture is the Albanian, not the Kosovarian flag. The ethnic majority in Kosovo is Albanian…
Is independence going to bring peace? An excerpt from a Deutsche Welle news report:
Kosovar politicians declared independence from Serbia on Sunday, Feb. 17. Ten years after Belgrade crushed a rebellion in Kosovo, parliamentarians proclaimed the Republic of Kosovo and sovereign state.
The parliament in Kosovo voted in favor of independence from Serbia, bringing the curtain down on a long chapter in the violent break-up of Yugoslavia.
“From today onwards, Kosovo is proud, independent and free,” said Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. “We never lost faith in the dream that one day we would stand among the free nations of the world, and today we do.”
The parliament also approved a new flag for the landlocked state of about 2 million people.
While the United States and several European Union members are quickly expected to recognize the new state, Serbia is infuriated by the move and has been given strong support by Russia.
Serbia’s President Boris Tadic said his country would never recognize the independence of Kosovo.
“Serbia has reacted and will react with all peaceful, diplomatic and legal means to annul this act committed by Kosovo’s institutions,” Tadic said in a statement.
Kosovo police had to stop several hundred former Serbian army reservists — veterans of the 1998-99 Kosovo war — from crossing into the territory ahead of the independence declaration.