OK, so election stuff plus a research paper kept me from talking about this as it happened, but now let’s take a look back on all that’s happened. On February 17th, 2008, the Autonomous Province of Kosovo declared their independence from Serbia. Since then, some countries have weighed in (see below for the map). Some Serbians rioted (1 assumed protester was found dead); our embassy in Belgrade got torched a little bit, causing all non-essential personnel to have to be evacuated to Agence France-Presse (apparently the world’s oldest news agency) – no biggie.
So, who recognizes the Republic of Kosovo as it’s own sovereign nation? And should we?
Well, I say we absolutely should! They were an oppressed region who the UN put under its control after the 1999 Kosovo War. I think that for the people of Kosovo to be treated fairly, they HAD to secede.
According to a poll an unscientific ABC News poll on Facebook, 79% of people agree with me, 12% disagree, and 9% are unsure. Some of the arguments I’ve heard are “What if Texas seceded?” Well that’s different – Texas isn’t being oppressed. (Not to mention that Texas could probably put up a heck of a fight.)
So, who says what about Kosovo? Well, here’s a map from Wikipedia:
Admin edit – apparently Wikipedia updated it to just a recognizes / doesn’t recognize map. So here’s an updated version (this will update automatically as wikipedia updates it, so if you’ve visited this page and are coming back to it now, refresh [F5] to make sure that this map is up to date). The map above is the map version from when I originally posted this post, and the map below is the current map:
States which formally recognize Kosovo as independent.
States which have stated they intend to recognize formally Kosovo as independent.
States which have delayed or have expressed neutrality on recognition of Kosovo’s independence.
States which have expressed concern over unilateral moves or expressed wish for further negotiations.
States which have stated they will not recognize Kosovo as independent.
States with no reported position at present.
Now, let’s highlight some key countries:
The U.S. obviously supports it.
Essentially the entire former U.S.S.R. opposes it, and Russia is blocking its entry into the UN.
Costa Rica was the first (by local time) to recognize it – kinda odd.
Afghanistan was the first (by international time) to recognize it – again, seemed kinda odd.
Taiwan recognizes it, but Kosovo may not recognize them, in order to get China to side with them – this angered me a little, as I’ve always been a HUGE supporter of Taiwan, the TRUE China! Here’s a quote from the Foreign Ministry: “We congratulate the Kosovo people on their winning independence and hope they enjoy the fruits of democracy and freedom. [...] Democracy and self-determination are the rights endorsed by the United Nations. The Republic of China always supports sovereign countries’ seeking democracy, sovereignty and independence through peaceful means.”
The British Kingdom (with the exception of Canada and South Africa) seems to have supported Kosovo.
Obviously Serbia doesn’t.
Oddly, Bosnia says not in the near future – most other countries who have seceded or are trying to have sided with Kosovo, so I thought they would.
Vietnam doesn’t – who didn’t guess that one.
China expressed “grave concern” (thus Kosovo’s reluctance to acknowledge Taiwan, since China is also a member of the UN Security Council).
South Korea is in favor of recognition, but still somewhat skeptical.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference backs Kosovo.
The International Olympic Committee does not plan on recognizing them.
The Basque Country, Catalan Government, Chechnya, Crimea, and Transnistria (at least their minister) all support Kosovo.
Western Sahara is bitter, because Kosovo was so quickly recognized and they weren’t.
Canada is in a pickle. Their motherland, England has sided with Kosovo, but if they side with Kosovo, that sends a HUGE message to Quebec which has been trying to break free from
the U.S. state of(I’m kidding – it’s a joke, so don’t get all offended about it) Canada for quite a while now.
So, go Kosovo! (and they’d better not change the name to Kosova – I’ve heard rumors and that’d be stupid).
Done Supporting FREEDOM,
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