Austria–Kosovo relations

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Austrian–Kosovan relations
Map indicating locations of Austria and Kosovo



Austrian–Kosovan relations are foreign relations between Austria and Kosovo. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 17 February 2008 and Austria recognised it in 28 February 2008.[1] Austria has an embassy in Pristina since 20 March 2008.[2] The Kosovan embassy in Vienna was opened on 5 February 2009.[3][4]


On 25 March 2011 Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger stated that "Austria intends to increase its efforts to gain recognition for Kosovo's independence by all of the EU countries, Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said Friday, commenting on his visit to Kosovo... [and that] Kosovo needs to show the sceptical countries within the EU that it is doing what is necessary to protect its minorities".[5]


Austria currently has 606 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[6]

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Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments normalised relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognised as an independent state by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

  1. ^ "Plassnik: "Letter on Kosovo’s recognition signed"" (Press release). Austrian Foreign Ministry. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  2. ^ KosovaLive
  3. ^ "Botschaft des Kosovo in Wien eröffnet" (in German). Kleine Zeitung. 2009-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Kosovo Diplomatic Missions". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ "Austrian foreign minister lobbies for recognition of Kosovo's independence by entire EU". Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" Link accessed 21-07-09