April 26, 2008
A declaration of independence or high-profile diplomatic statements make it into the news, but the real stake of new states if they can deliver basic public services to their citizens. Krenar Gashi has? a moving writingon receiving a proper letter in Kosovo from the United Kingdom at last.
Older Kosovars have lived in four different sovereign states without moving, which came with at least three street addresses.? It is a practical problem that Prishtina streets have three commonly known names: names given by the Communist regime, Serbia and Kosovars. The bigger problem was that the Serbian postal service has refused to recognize addresses in Kosovo. Lucky letters came (at least according to the envelope) via Z?rich instead of Belgrade or were addressed to the UN mission in Kosovo. For most Europeans it is so natural that their friends can send them a DVD, a book or a letter that we cannot imagine the feeling if could not receive them? Or not receiving a telephone call, or maybe a passport to visit friends. For the people of Kosovo it is a novelty that after many years they seem to have a postal service.
These stories make me think that Kosovo, or the Serbian part of Kosovo should not become a kind of Northern Cyprus for decades.Author : Dániel Antal