Ireland–Kosovo relations

Irish–Kosovan relations



Irish–Kosovan relations are foreign relations between Ireland and the Republic of Kosovo[a]. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and Ireland recognised it on 29 February 2008.[1]


On 20 May 2011 Ireland's ambassador to Budapest, Hungary John Deady submitted his credentials to Pristina, Kosovo.[2]


In 1999, Ireland took 1,000 refugees. This number was criticised by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson who called it, the complacency and selfishness of the Irish.[3]


Ireland has sent peacekeepers to Kosovo. It was the first time Ireland has commanded such a force in a NATO-led United Nations mandated peace support operation. In 2007, Irish Brigadier General Gerry Hegarty, took over command one of the five multi-national task forces .[4] A ceremony was held in Kosovo at noon on 15 April 2010 to mark the end of Ireland's major involvement in the KFOR peace mission.[5]

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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, but 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 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received recognition as an independent state from 110 out of 193 United Nations member states.


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