Kosovo–Turkey relations

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Kosovan–Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Kosovo and Turkey



Kosovan–Turkish relations refers to the historic and current relationship between the Kosovo[a] and Turkey. When Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008, Turkey became one of the first countries to announce officially about recognition of sovereign Kosovo. Turkey turned its coordination office in Pristina into an Embassy after a cabinet decision to open a mission in Kosovo. The decision comes in accordance with the reciprocity principle common in diplomatic relations, when Kosovo announced that it was planning to open one of its first foreign missions in Ankara.[1] The ethnic Albanian Kosovars living in Turkey is estimated to be higher than those living in Kosovo.[2][3][4] Kosovo is the home to Mehmet Akif Ersoy, writer of the Turkish National Anthem, and many others. There are 20,000 Turks living in Kosovo.[5] Also Turkish is one of the official regional languages of Kosovo.

When the Ottomans left the region, many Turks and Albanians migrated to Turkey so ties between two the two nations were active.


Turkey participated in the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, which resulted in a UN administration of Kosovo and then to eventual independence.[6] Turkey currently has 540 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[7]

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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.


  1. ^ Turkey to open embassy in Kosovo
  2. ^ http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=96917 A baby brother to Turkey, Kosovo born in Europe
  3. ^ http://www.milliyet.com.tr/default.aspx?aType=SonDakika&Kategori=yasam&ArticleID=873452&Date=07.06.2008&ver=16>
  4. ^ Milliyet, Türkiyedeki Kürtlerin Sayısı. 2008-06-06.
  5. ^ Kosovo in figures 2005
  6. ^ "Turkish Air Force". Hvkk.tsk.tr. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09

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