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 (kô′sə-vō′, kō′-)
A republic of the western Balkan Peninsula. Settled by Slavs around 600, the area was under Turkish rule from 1389 to 1913 and became part of Yugoslavia after World War I. An autonomous region of Serbia after 1946, Kosovo lost much of its autonomy in 1990, leading to ethnic violence between Kosovo's Albanian and Serb populations. Intervention by NATO and the United Nations reestablished peace in 1999. In 2008, Kosovo declared independence; however, its sovereignty was not universally recognized at that time. Priština is the capital and largest city.

Ko′so·var′ (-vär′) adj. & n.
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(ˈkɒsəˌvɑː) or


1. (Placename) of or relating to Kosovo or its inhabitants
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Kosovo or its inhabitants
(Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Kosovo
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Given these diplomatic realities, the argument ran, acknowledging the possibility of precedent could prove counter-productive by serving to energize separatists and lead them to emulate radical Kosovar Albanians in other countries.
Author Feraud, however, had meanwhile conferred with his Kosovar friends and coauthors and came forward with what is called the "Dardania" crest, Dardania being an ancient name for Kosovo.
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I divide my argument into four parts: (1) an explanation of the use of the term human rights culture and the introduction of a framework for understanding and analyzing the local impact of human rights norms in post-conflict societies; (2) a discussion of the nature of the human rights culture in Kosovar society prior to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) bombing in 1999; (3) an exploration of the impact of postagreement civil intervention on human rights culture; and (4) suggestions for improvement, with specific attention to human rights education.
The history of the territory of Kosovo is marked by near perpetual competition for sovereign control between Kosovar Albanians and Serbs.