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Kosovo to apply for Council of Europe membership

Kosovo to apply for Council of Europe membership

With the departure of Russia from the physique over Ukraine, Kosovo’s probabilities of being accepted into the organisation grew.

Kosovo’s authorities says it can apply for membership within the European rights watchdog the Council of Europe, seizing a possibility after Russia give up the physique.

The announcement got here on Thursday, about two months after Russia left the body hours before a vote on its expulsion within the Council of Europe’s meeting on March 15, three weeks after it began its war on Ukraine.

Being accepted into the organisation requires that two-thirds of the members approve, and with Russia not recognising Kosovo as an unbiased state, there was a threat prior to now that any earlier software would fail.

Kosovo says it now has sufficient backing from the 46-member physique and the federal government stated it had ordered the overseas ministry to begin membership procedures.

Backed by Western nations, Kosovo declared independence in 2008, almost a decade after the warfare between ethnic Albanians and Serb forces led to 1999.

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Serbia’s objection

Kosovo is recognised by greater than 110 nations however it’s nonetheless not a UN member, dealing with objections from Serbia and veto holder Russia.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic stated his nation would strongly react if Kosovo utilized for Council of Europe membership and referred to as an pressing assembly of the nationwide safety council.

The Council of Europe created the European Convention on Human Rights and helped Eastern European nations democratise their political methods after the collapse of Communism.

It advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of meeting, equality, and the safety of minorities.