Kosovo Albanians decorate a bridge with Albanian national flags to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Kosovo's independence

(ANSAmed) – PRISTINA – Kosovo is today celebrating the fourth anniversary of its independence from Serbia, but without excessive euphoria, a result of poor results in the fight against poverty, crime and corruption, but especially due to a situation in the north of the country that remains tense and unstable, and where the majority Serb population continues to reject the country’s sovereignty.

In the centre of the capital, which is decorated with national flags both of Kosovo and other “friendly” countries, there has been a parade by units of the Kosovo Security Force, a forerunner of what is hoped will become a fully-fledged national army.

Crowds were addressed by the country’s President, Atifete Jahjaga, who said that Kosovo is now “an irreversible international reality” and an “indivisible country”. Kosovo, she added has a “safe future as a country with developed democracy”, with an economy that looks towards the future generations and the wellbeing of all citizens. “Kosovo will be we want and desire,” the President said, receiving the applause of the audience.

In a speech made during an official ceremony in Pristina last night, the President had also spoken of Kosovo’s desire for dialogue and for a peaceful resolution through compromise of the numerous existing problems with Serbia, with whom talks have now been going on for around a year. In a referendum held on February 14 and 15, 99.74% of Serbs in the north of Kosovo said that they were against the authority of the Albanian government in Pristina.

Messages of good will and congratulations for the anniversary have arrived from a number of international political leaders, including the American President, Barack Obama.

Since its declaration of independence on February 17 2008, Kosovo has so far been recognised by 87 countries (out of 192 represented at the UN), including the US and Italy. Of the 27 EU countries, five have not recognised Kosovo: Spain, Romania, Greece, Slovakia and Cyprus.(ANSAmed).

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