Thursday, October 17, 2013

Map Update: Kosovo Recognized by 3 More Countries (103/193)

Map of countries that recognize the Republic of Kosovo as an independent state, updated for October 2013 with most recent additions (Thailand, Libya, Granada) and disputed recognitions highlighted
Countries recognizing the Republic of Kosovo in green, highlighting recent additions. Disputed recognitions in yellow. Kosovo in magenta. Map by Evan Centanni, modified from public domain graphic (source).
Flag of the Republic of Kosovo Country Name:  
• Kosovo (English, Serbian)
• Kosova (Albanian)
Official Name:  
Republic of Kosovo (English)
Republika e Kosovës (Albanian)
Republika Kosovo (Serbian)
Capital: Pristina/Prishtina
By Evan Centanni

New Kosovo Recognitions
Late last month, three more countries extended formal recognition to the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The breakaway state in southeastern Europe now is recognized as independent by at least 103 U.N. member countries (53%). As discussed in our previous Kosovo recognition map update, there are three additional recognitions which are currently in question. Political Geography Now has now chosen to exclude all of these from future tallies until the question of their validity is resolved.

The three U.N. member countries which have recently recognized Kosovo are Thailand in Southeast Asia, Libya in North Africa and Grenada in the Caribbean. All three offered their recognition within a few days of each other near the end of September, during the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Libya's decision in particular was publically announced from the sidelines of that meeting.

The Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but has been blocked from U.N. membership by objections from Serbia, Russia, and other countries who see its secession as invalid. In addition to the 103 U.N. members recognizing Kosovo, its independence is also acknowledged by non-U.N. member Taiwan. For more on Kosovo's special situation, see our first Kosovo recognition report, which also includes a map of Kosovo's location relative to Serbia.

Stay Up to Date: Check for further news and map updates on Kosovo's recognition by viewing all Kosovo articles on Political Geography Now.

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Flag graphic by Cradel (source). License: CC BY-SA