Kosovo starts issuing own passports

Tens of thousands of citizens have applied since last week for the dark blue passport, with "Republic of Kosovo" written on the cover in Albanian.

Kosovo starts issuing own passports

Kosovo issued its first passports on Wednesday, five months after its secession from Serbia won recognition from some 43 countries.

Tens of thousands of citizens have applied since last week for the dark blue passport, with "Republic of Kosovo" written on the cover in Albanian, the language of the 90 percent majority, as well as Serbian and English.

The government has no information on whether countries that have not recognized Kosovo's independence will accept the new passport.

"I will only visit countries that accept my passport," said student Teuta Begolli, who won a prize draw to receive the first Kosovo passport from Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. "I will not travel to other countries until they recognize us."

Serbia lost control of Kosovo in June 1999 when NATO drove out Serb forces to halt the mass killing of Albanians in a two-year counter-insurgency war.

Most of Kosovo's two million citizens have since used travel documents issued by the United Nations administration in Kosovo.

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