World Bulletin / News Desk
Kosovo on Saturday celebrates 10 years since it declared independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority, although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia.
A decade after a war between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels and Serbian troops left 13,000 people dead -- most of them Albanians -- the Kosovan parliament declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008.
"It was the happiest moment for all of us as a people," said President Hashim Thaci in a statement on Friday, as children in Kosovo's Albanian schools began the day with lessons dedicated to the anniversary.
This was not the case in the completely separate schooling system of Kosovo's Serb minority, which remains loyal to Belgrade. Children from the two ethnic communities rarely mix.
Although more than 110 countries have recognised Kosovo as a state in the past 10 years, Belgrade refuses to do so.
Sovereignty is also rejected by Russia, whose Security Council veto prevents Kosovo from joining the United Nations, and five EU countries including Spain and Greece.
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