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Belgium–Kosovo relations

Belgium–Kosovo relations
Map indicating locations of Belgium and Kosovo

Belgium

Kosovo

Belgium–Kosovo relations refer to the bilateral relations of Belgium and Kosovo. Kosovo has an embassy in Brussels[1] and Belgium has a Liaison Office in Pristina.[2]

Belgium was one of the first countries to recognise Kosovo's independence on 24 February 2008.[3] As a European Union (EU) founder and member, Belgium supports Kosovo in its euro-integration path.[4]

Military

Belgium participated in the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, which resulted in a UN administration of Kosovo and then to eventual independence. Belgium currently has 205 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[5]

See also

Notes

Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 12 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.

References

  1. ^ "Embassy of Kosovo in Brussels". ambasada-ks.net.
  2. ^ "MFA Belgium". 2008-03-05.
  3. ^ "België erkent Kosovo" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 2008-02-25.
  4. ^ "Belgium supports Kosovo in its journey towards the European Integration". mei-ks.net.
  5. ^ "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09



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