Bulgaria–Kosovo relations


Bulgaria–Kosovo relations refer to the bilateral relations of Bulgaria and Kosovo[a].

Bulgaria–Kosovo

Bulgaria

Kosovo
Diplomatic mission
Embassy of Bulgaria, PristinaEmbassy of Kosovo, Sofia
Envoy
Ambassador Hristo GudjevAmbassador Edon Cana

Relations


Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and after an evenly split vote in the legislature, Bulgaria recognised it on 20 March 2008 despite objections from Russia.[1] Bulgaria has an embassy in Pristina[2] and Republic of Kosovo has opened its embassy in Sofia as of January 2010.

Throughout the Middle Ages, Kosovo had been part of the vast Bulgarian Empire.

Military


Bulgaria currently has 48 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[3]

ICJ


Bulgaria supported Kosovo at the International Court of Justice's oral debate on the legality of Kosovo's independence.[4]

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. "Sofia Officially Recognizes Pristina Sovereignty". novinite.com. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  2. "Bulgaria to Issue Visas in Pristina", BalkanInsight.com, 27 May 2008. Link accessed 2008-05-27.
  3. "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09
  4. "Bulgaria estimated that Kosovo did not violate international law"