The 20th century was marred by wars and destruction and in June 1999, after 78 days of NATO bombardment and the mass flight of 800.000 refugees, Kosovo passed under direct UN administration.Kosovo announced independence on February 17th 2008.Illyrians (ancestors of modern day Albanians) settled here long before Romans, Bulgars or Byzantines came to rule this region.The name Kosovo (derived from the Serbian word kos, meaning blackbird) was first mentioned after the famous Kosovo battle dating back to 1389.
(some of the snaps have been acquired by the archives of LE MONDE) Brief history: Owing to its strategic position at the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, Kosovo has always been an important through road and attractive spoil for its conquerors.The US, most EU member states and other supporting countries immediately recognised Kosovo.On July 22nd 2010 the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled 10-4 that the declaration of independence on 2008 did not violate international law, Security Council Resolution 1244 or the previous UNMIK constitution.Benedict’s School, a private Catholic school in Ealing Abbey in west London. Following an independent British report detailing 21 incidents of abuse by monks dating from the 1970s until 2010, in 2011, the St.
Police in Kosovo have arrested a Catholic priest accused of child sex offences while teaching at a religious school in Britain.
Andrew Charles Kingston Soper “was arrested in the eastern town of Peja by the fugitive arrest search team after the police got a hint from abroad that he was there,” said Kosovo’s chief of police’s directorate for international cooperation Veton Elshani on Sunday.