Kosovo two years on and Europe’s youngest nation yesterday celebrated the second anniversary of its contested unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia.
While the US and most European states recognise its separate status, Serbia, Russia and China do not.
Looking forward to its third year of statehood Kosovo’s leadership sys the country’s main aim will be integration into the European Union and NATO.
In his address to the Kosovan parliament, President Fatmir Sejdiu acknowledged the problems facing the young nation; the fact that it was only just starting out on the road of development and had a long way to catch up with its neighbours.
Indeed western donors are keen to wean the country off foreign aid which accounts for 15 percent of its GDP.
Despite the continuing presence of NATO troops and 2,000 EU personnel, constant tensions between the majority Albanian community and the Serbian minority have kept foreign investment away.