History of Kosovo Independence Day

Europe’s youngest country Kosovo got the independence 13 years ago on 17 of February 2008. This is a day where all Albanians around the world celebrate by dancing traditional music on the streets with flags, decorating the roads with Albanians symbols and beside that festivals are organized in frame of independence day in Albania and Kosovo.

Kosovo have passed through some stages to get Independence day. The Republic of Kosovo is a partially-recognized state and disputed territory at the heart of the Balkans in South-eastern Europe. In the middle ages, control of the region of Kosovo passed between the Bulgarians, the Byzantine and the Serbian Empire.

In June 1389, the Battle of Kosovo resulted in Kosovo becoming part of the Ottoman Empire for the next 500 years, forever changing the ethnic balance in Kosovo. Following their defeat in the Balkan Wars in 1912, the Ottomans ceded Kosovo to Serbia and Montenegro under the Treaty of London.

After World War II, Kosovo became part of Yugoslavia as an autonomous region with Serbia. With the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991, tensions grew between Albanian and Serbian ethnic groups in Kosovo, leading to the Kosovo War in 1998 and UN intervention.

On February 17th 2008, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia. Serbia saw this declaration as illegal and while they have recently accepted the institutions of Kosovo, they still regard it as an autonomous region with Serbia. Kosovo is recognized as an independent state by 103 out of 193 United Nations member states.

If you check the social media of Albanians this day will see the the over posting dedicating to Kosovo Independence day as it is a very important to all of us. Exist a very strong connection between Albanians wherever they are, in Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Diaspora.

Fabjola D

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