Republic of Kosovo
Republika e Kosovës (Albanian)
Republike Kosovo (Serbian)
Note: The decision of the PHW editors to devote a separate article to the Republic of Kosovo, despite its ambiguous international status, acknowledges its recognition by over 60 countries but does so without prejudice regarding the Republic of Serbia’s insistence that Kosovo remains a de jure province of that country. The International Court of Justice is currently considering the legitimacy of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence.
Political Status: Autonomous district of Kosovo (and Metohija) within the Serbian constituent republic of the communist Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia (instituted November 29, 1945); autonomous province within the Serbian constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (proclaimed April 7, 1963) and then of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (proclaimed April ...