Belgrade, November 10, AZERTAC
Cultural agency UNESCO has narowly voted against granting membership to Kosovo, according to Euronews.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a decade after NATO airstrikes drove out Serbian forces from Kosovo. That halted massacres and expulsion of ethnic Albanian civilians during a two-year brutal counterinsurgency campaign.
Serbia has refused to recognise Kosovo’s secession, along with UN Security Council members Russia and China.
Serbia claims the vote was a moral victory.
To become a member of UNESCO, Kosovo needed a two-thirds majority, but Monday’s bid fell short by just three votes.
Kosovo is recognised by more than 111 states and is already a member of the World Bank, the IMF, and the Olympic Committee.