Finland–Kosovo relations

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Finnish–Kosovan relations
Map indicating locations of Finland and Kosovo

Finland

Kosovo

Finland–Kosovo relations are foreign relations between Finland and Kosovo[a]. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and Finland recognised it on 7 March 2008.[1][2] Finland maintains an Embassy in Pristina.[3]

History[edit]

In 1999, the President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari, was reported as wanting to step up attempts to secure a peace agreement for Kosovo in his new role as a leading negotiator for the European Union. It was also reported that "Correspondents say that despite Mr Ahtisaari's support for air strikes, his position as president of a non-NATO country could make him palatable to Belgrade [Serbian Government]." [4] In 2007, United Nations envoy for Kosovo says independence was the "only viable option" for the territory of Kosovo.[5]

However, Ahtisaari's plan for peace failed [6] and he was unable to reconcile Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo and that "Serbians see him as a leading player in the break-up of their country." [7]

Following Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo Albanians living in Finland celebrated and expressed their gratitude to the Finnish Government and President Ahtisaari.[8]

Military[edit]

Finland currently has 411 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[9]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References:

  1. ^ "Finland recognised the Republic of Kosovo (Press release 80/2008)" (Press release). Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Finland recognises Kosovo". NewsRoom Finland (Helsinki: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland). 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Finnish Liaison Office, Pristina (Kosovo)". Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Kosovo relief effort criticised". BBC News. 1999-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  5. ^ "UN plans for Kosovo independence". BBC News. 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. ^ Hasani, Nora; Popham, Peter (2007-07-11). "Kosovo close to boiling point, warns UN chief". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Nobel Peace Prize for Finnish statesman Ahtisaari". The Irish Times. 2008-10-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2008/02/kosovo_albanians_in_finland_celebrate_independence_279815.html
  9. ^ "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09