Friday, 10 June 2016

KOSOVO

Kosovo (AlbanianKosovaSerbian CyrillicКосово) is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe that declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo. While Serbia recognises the Republic's governance of the territory, it still continues to claim it as its own Autonomous Province of Kosovo and MetohijaKosovo is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pristina. It is bordered by the Republic of Macedonia and Albania to the south, Montenegro to the west, and the uncontested territory of Serbia to the north and east.
The entire region is commonly referred to in English simply as Kosovo and in Albanian as Kosova (or Kosovë ). In Serbia, a formal distinction is made between the eastern and western areas; the term Kosovo (Косово) is used for the eastern part centred on the historical Kosovo Field, while the western part is called Metohija (Метохија) (known as Dukagjini in Albanian).







My first Registered airmail cover from Kosovo, sent by my good friend Sabri during his visit in Kosovo. The cover posted on May 25, 2016 and I received in my hands on June 11, 2016. Kosovo is not a member of UPU, and it is  not recognized by all countries, so it has no own country code. That is why the barcode shows the country code as 'XZ' , it is a temporary code. Previously they had own code as 'KS' but it is taken back. 
The two stamps from right corner is issued during the time of UN administration in Kosovo. During the time the country name was written as 'United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo'. When the country declared independence from Serbia, They changed the name as 'Republic of Kosovo'. from 2016 january, country name appears as just 'Kosova'. 



These beautiful covers sent by my good friend while his vacation in Kosovo. The covers posted on May 28, 2016 and received in my hands on June 09, 2016. From January 1, 2016, The stamps of Kosovo started to issue in the name as 'Kosova' , instead of 'Republic of Kosovo'. Thank You very much dear friend for the perfect covers from the rare country.

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