Kosovo’s Regional Recognition Almost Complete

Kosovo’s Regional Recognition Almost Complete

SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Kosovo's regional recognition can be considered almost completed with Macedonia's and Montenegro's acceptance of its statehood early last month. In what was obviously coordinated action, the governments in Skopje and Podgorica recognized Kosovo on Oct. 9, following resolutions by the parliaments of the two countries recommending recognition.

Belgrade was enraged by the move and promptly expelled both countries' ambassadors, a measure it had not taken in response to previous recognitions.

The coordinated Podgorica-Skopje action means that Kosovo is now recognized by all of its neighbors, with the exception of Serbia. Belgrade considers Kosovo part of its integral territory and continues to vehemently oppose the process of its international recognition. Overall, Kosovo has been recognized by 51 of the 192 U.N. member states to date.

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