Coat of arms of Kosovo
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|Coat of arms of Kosovo|
|Armiger||Republic of Kosovo|
|Adopted||17 February 2008|
|Blazon||Azure, a map of Kosovo Or beneath six mullets embowed argent, all within a bordure Or.|
The coat of arms of the Republic of Kosovo[a] was introduced following the unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia, issued by Kosovo's parliament in the country's capital on February 17, 2008. It shows six white stars in an arc above a solid golden shape of Kosovo as seen on a standard projection map, placed on a rounded triangular shield with a blue field and a golden border. Its central figures, the stars and the shape, are also the content of the new blue flag of Kosovo, already adopted at the same time.
Symbols used during United Nations administration
The Constitutional Charter for Provisional Self-Government in Kosovo, promulgated by United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in May 2001, stated that "The Provisional Institutions of Self-Government shall use only such symbols as are or as may be set forth in UNMIK legislation.
During the period of administration by UNMIK, two regulations relating to the use of symbols were made:
- UNMIK regulation UNMIK/REG/2000/30 (May 20, 2000) "ON STAMPS AND HEADINGS OF OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS OF COURTS, PROSECUTORS’ OFFICES AND PENAL ESTABLISHMENTS" states that the seals and letter heads of courts and penal establishments should contain "The emblem of the United Nations with “UNMIK” added to the top of the emblem" and the word "“Kosovo” in Albanian, Serbian and English"
- ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTION NO. 2003/15 (July 2, 2003) "IMPLEMENTING UNMIK REGULATION NO. 2001/9 ON A CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR PROVISIONAL SELF-GOVERNMENT IN KOSOVO" Establishes an approved logo for the Provisional Institutions of Self Government.
Emblem of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (1999–present)
Emblem of the Joint Interim Administrative Structure (1999-2001)
Emblem of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (2003–2008)
The Municipalities of Kosovo have each adopted distinct coats or arms, seals or emblems.
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- a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 12 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.
- Kosovo's emblem which is expected to be adopted today in the parliament[permanent dead link], Kosovapress, Pristina, February 17, 2008.
- Regulations – 2000