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Kosovo at a ‘crossroads’ 10 years after independence: Liberal MP

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Both Kosovo and Serbia say Canada can play a role internationally to normalize relations between the two as both aspire to join the European Union, though the Serbian envoy says Canada could be more 'impartial.'

Kosovo’s ambassador to Canada Lulzim Hiseni, left, and Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld marked the 10th anniversary of Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia at a national day event outside of Ottawa City Hall on Feb. 16. Ms. Vandenbeld was working for the United Nations in 2008 to help Kosovo transition in the months before and after it declared independence on Feb. 17, 2008. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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Kosovo is at “a crossroads” 10 years after the former Serbian province declared its independence, says Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld, who was on the ground to witness the celebration in the new country's capital city that day. “It is something that stays with you,” she said of the “amazing optimism” she witnessed in Pristina on Feb. 17, 2008. “People were setting off anything that would go 'boom.'” For 10 months leading up to the declaration, Ms. Vandenbeld (Ottawa

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