Austria–Kosovo relations


Austria–Kosovo relations refer to the bilateral relations of Austria and Kosovo.[a] Kosovo has an embassy in Vienna[1][2] and Austria has an embassy in Pristina.[3]

Austria–Kosovo

Austria

Kosovo
Diplomatic mission
Embassy of Austria, PristinaEmbassy of Kosovo, Vienna
Envoy
Ambassador Christoph WeidingerAmbassador Lulzim Pllana

Austria was one of the first countries to recognise Kosovo's independence on 28 February 2008.[4] As a European Union (EU) member, Austria supports Kosovo in its euro-integration path.[5]

Relations


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".[6]

Military


Austria currently has 606 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[7]

See also


Notes


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently (this note self-updates) recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

References


  1. "Botschaft des Kosovo in Wien eröffnet" (in German). Kleine Zeitung. 2009-02-06. Archived from the original on 2009-06-15.
  2. "Kosovo Diplomatic Missions". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  3. "KosovaLive". Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  4. "Plassnik: "Letter on Kosovo's recognition signed"" (Press release). Austrian Foreign Ministry. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  5. "Austria supports Kosovo's European integration". mfa-ks.net.
  6. "Austrian foreign minister lobbies for recognition of Kosovo's independence by entire EU". emg.rs. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  7. "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09