Hashim Thaci

Kosovo signs documents to join IMF, World Bank

Kosovo signs documents to join IMF, World Bank Washington - Kosovo's leaders signed documents Monday to usher the small Balkan country into the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, more than one year after it declared independence from Serbia.

President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci signed the documents in a brief ceremony at the US State Department in Washington.

Kosovo PM says Kosovo admitted to World Bank

Kosovo PM says Kosovo admitted to World Bank Pristina - Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said Thursday that his country has become a member of the World Bank.

"We have received the confirmation from the World Bank's Board of Directors that the World Bank has approved a resolution for Kosovo's membership to this organization," Thaci told reporters in Pristina.

With membership in the World Bank, Kosovo will be eligible for loans. Kosovo last month became the member of the International Monetary Fund.

Kosovo prime minister seeks reconciliation with Serbia

Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim ThaciPristina  - Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci on Sunday expressed a wish for conciliation with Serbia, inviting Serbian President Boris Tadic to the former Serbia province.

Thaci made the invitation after a visit to Kosovo's Serb enclave of Caglavica, a suburb of the capital Pristina.

Communication between Pristina and Belgrade is "unavoidable" and is in the interests of Kosovo, said Thaci.

Russia may recognize Kosovo before Belgrade does, Thaci warns

Belgrade  - Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, in an unusual interview with Friday's edition of the conservative Belgrade daily Politika, called on Serbia to acknowledge the "fact they are facing" and recognize Kosovo.

"Nobody in Belgrade believes Kosovo could return to become a part of Serbia. Serbian politicians face the fact of our independence everywhere they go, to Washington, Brussels, even in Podgorica and Skopje," Thaci said.

Kosovo, with a 90-per cent Albanian majority, declared independence from Serbia a year ago with the support of leading Western nations.

Kosovo leaders sign new country's constitution

Pristina - Kosovo Kosovo leaders Hashim Thaci leaders Monday signed the new nation's constitution, saying it bolstered the legitimacy of their break with Serbia and guarantees equal rights.

More than 30 countries have recognized Kosovo's February 17 declaration of independence, and the former Serb province's leaders have been intent on locking in the symbols of statehood.

"This is a fundamental act for Kosovo," Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said at the ceremony in the capital Pristina.

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