Monday, September 24, 2012

Kosovo Achieves Full Sovereignty

The Republic of Kosovo
(Courtesy CIA World Factbook)

The Republic of Kosovo achieved full sovereignty in September at the conclusion of a five-year period of "supervised independence," during which an international steering group appointed by the United Nations oversaw it development of democratic institutions and laws.

"The ISG has now completed its duties, allowing Kosovo to continue with full sovereignty and the management of its own affairs as a member of the world community," wrote International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, adding, "Kosovo is now an independent country, which must be honored as such."

Timmerman's comments appeared to be directed toward the ARRL, which has refused to recognize Kosovo as an independent DXCC entity. CQ has recognized Kosovo as a separate entity for its award and contest programs since the country became independent in 2007. Timmerman also reports that an amateur radio working group is in the final stages of working with the country's telecommunications agency to develop regulations governing amateur radio in Kosovo.