“Kosovo has marked a decade of independence from Serbia with a weekend of events capped off with a parade of security forces through the capital, Pristina, on February 18.

President Hashim Thaci presided over the parade, which was observed by guests from Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Croatia, and other countries.

On February 17, Thaci told the Munich Security Conference that he laments the European Union’s lack of unity over Kosovo’s status as an EU membership candidate.

Thaci told the conference that “we are not yet a member of the United Nations, while our journey to the EU is far too complicated.”

Five of the 28 EU member states have not recognized Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia.” (RFE/RL)

“The focus of the conference this year is political and sigun.

In order to preserve the culture and traditions of the Pristina Serbs, who have a dozen in this town today, the Serbian Cultural Center was opened in the Metropolitan’s House at the Church of St. Nicholas.

All those who attended today the opening of the Serbian Cultural Center could see the exhibition of photographs and postcards ‘Stara Pristina,’ which was collected by the poet Radmila Todic Vulicevic, as well as the exhibition of painters ‘painters of the Pristina art school.'” (Radio KiM)

“I first arrived in Kosovo nearly 20 years ago. In 1999, NATO intervened on the side of ethnic Albanian rebels against the forces of Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia. I came to cover the war.

As NATO bombs fell, Serbian forces opened a campaign of ethnic cleansing that drove almost a million Kosovar Albanians, predominantly Muslims, from their homes. Serbia, mostly Orthodox Christian, soon capitulated and withdrew its forces. Afterward, Kosovo spent nine years under United Nations control, an internationally supervised limbo.” (NY Times)