Kosovo

Kosova (Albanian kɔˈsɔva)

/ (Serbian ˈkɔsɔvɔ, ˈkɒsəvəʊ) /

noun

an autonomous province of Serbia, in the SW: chiefly Albanian in population since the 13th century; Serb suppression of separatists escalated to a policy of ethnic cleansing in 1998, provoking NATO airstrikes against Serbia in 1999 and takeover by UN administration; unilaterally declared independence in 2008. Mainly a plateau. Capital: Priština. Pop: 1 847 708 (2013 est). Area: 10 887 sq km (4203 sq miles)Full Serbian name: Kosovo-Metohija (Serbian ˈkɔsɔvɔmɛˌtɔhija)

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