Unesco rejects Kosovo membership bid

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Unesco has narrowly rejected Kosovo’s bid for membership, in a victory for Serbia and Russia and a blow to Kosovo’s mission for global recognition as a state.

Those voting overall favoured Kosovo’s membership, with 92 yes votes, 50 no votes and a few dozen abstentions.

According to the UN cultural agency’s rules, however, the bid would have needed the support of two-thirds of those voting, or 94 yes votes.

Kosovo has been recognised by 111 countries since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Russia has blocked Kosovo from becoming a full UN member.

Kosovo had promised that if it became a Unesco member, it would protect the cultural heritage of Serbs, despite tensions after the 1998-99 war.

Serbia had warned that allowing Kosovo into Unesco would fuel tensions and hurt an EU-brokered dialogue.

Published: Monday 9th November 2015 by The News Editor

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