Ireland–Kosovo relations

Irish–Kosovan relations
Map indicating locations of Ireland and Kosovo



Irish–Kosovan relations are foreign relations between Ireland and the Republic of Kosovo[a]. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and Ireland recognised it on 29 February 2008.[1]


On 20 May 2011 Ireland's ambassador to Budapest, Hungary John Deady submitted his credentials to Pristina, Kosovo.[2]


In 1999, Ireland took 1,000 refugees. This number was criticised by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson who called it, the complacency and selfishness of the Irish.[3]


Ireland has sent peacekeepers to Kosovo. It was the first time Ireland has commanded such a force in a NATO-led United Nations mandated peace support operation. In 2007, Irish Brigadier General Gerry Hegarty, took over command one of the five multi-national task forces .[4] A ceremony was held in Kosovo at noon on 15 April 2010 to mark the end of Ireland's major involvement in the KFOR peace mission.[5]

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Notes and references


a. ^ 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 is currently recognized as an independent state by 99 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 13 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ "Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern TD Announces Ireland's recognition of the Republic of Kosovo" (Press release). Department of Foreign Affairs. 2008-02-29. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  2. ^ "Minister Hoxhaj welcomes the Irish Ambassador Deady". mfa-ks. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Mary Robinson criticises Ireland's intake of refugees". RTÉ News. 20 May 1999.
  4. ^ "Kitt visiting Irish peacekeepers in Kosovo". RTÉ News. 4 September 2007.
  5. ^ Ceremony to mark Irish involvement in Kosovo. RTÉ. 15 April 2010.

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