Belgium–Kosovo relations


Belgium–Kosovo relations refer to the bilateral relations of Belgium and Kosovo.[a] Kosovo has an embassy in Brussels[1] and Belgium has a Liaison Office in Pristina.[2]

Belgium–Kosovo

Belgium

Kosovo
Diplomatic mission
Liaison Office of Belgium, PristinaEmbassy of Kosovo, Brussels
Envoy
Jean-Louis ServaisAmbassador Bernard Nikaj

Belgium was one of the first countries to recognise Kosovo's independence on 24 February 2008.[3] As a European Union (EU) founder and member, Belgium supports Kosovo in its euro-integration path.[4]

Military


Belgium participated in the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, which resulted in a UN administration of Kosovo and then to eventual independence. Belgium currently has 205 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[5]

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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.

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