UNESCO cultural agency rejects Kosovo

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.

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