In the strange world of international recognition and what constitutes a country and what doesn’t, Kosovo is fiercely proclaiming independence. Yet the power of veto is being wielded by UN Security Council members China and Russia so a unilateral independence has not yet occurred.
This means Kosovo cannot be counted as a country in ARRL’s DXCC list and many other radio entity club lists either. However, the European DX Foundation is backing its acceptance.
International Amateur Radio Association President Hans Blondeel Timmerman (PB2T) has posted this item of the European DX Foundation’s website.
Kosovo hams used the YU8 call-sign prefix when still part of Serbia and have since been issued with Z6 when independence was proclaimed.
Wikipedia has a contribution on Kosovo’s convoluted political status. Also on Wikipedia is a list of other areas that claim sovereignty but lack full UN support.
- El Salvador recognized the independence and sovereignty of Kosovo (kosovodiaspora.org)
- Shaqiri, Xhaka and Behrami: Pledging for UEFA recognition of Kosovo (kosovodiaspora.org)
- Kosovo is Serbia and Russia has not evacuated personnel from Syria (1389blog.com)
- Kosovo says now recognised by 100 countries (firstpost.com)
- Egypt Becomes 100th Country to Recognize Kosovo (voanews.com)
- Five Inconvenient Truths About Kosovo – Analysis (eurasiareview.com)
- An Unlikely Agreement in the Balkans (theglobalintelligence.com)
- Kosovo security force recognized as fully operational by NATO (stripes.com)
- Kosovo Adopts Amnesty for Minority Serbs (voanews.com)
- Kosovo And Serbia Make Progress Towards Deals (eurasiareview.com)