With the recent announcement by Japan and Canada recognizing Kosovo’s independence, coupled with a list of countries which are expected to recognize Kosovo’s independence in the very near future, such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Norway, Lithuania and Pakistan, Serbian Ambassadors should certainly start feeling a bit uncomfortable about their job security. As most know, being appointed an ambassador by your government is a fairly plush job. You attend dinners. You have guests. You hold meetings. You give speeches here and there. You write Letters to the Editor. You get to be somewhere other than your home country. And you get paid pretty well. That’s why those who are appointed ambassadors generally are very well-connected to their home country’s government. Indeed, an ambassadorship is often a prized job.
But as the list of countries recognizing Kosovo’s independence grows — particularly the ones that most would like to visit on a holiday — so has the unemployment line for Serbian ambassadors. For every country that recognizes Kosovo’s independence, the Serbian government recalls their ambassador back to Serbia.
Ouch. Hate to break it to the remaining Serbian ambassadors . . . but the list of countries recognizing Kosovo’s independence is growing not shrinking. So, to the remaining ambassadors out there, if you haven’t done your “tour” of the country yet or tried the local cuisine, you better do so quickly. Because once a country recognizes Kosovo’s independence, Serbia usually gives you no more than 48 hours to return home. Thus, to the ambassador in Japan, I hope you had some good sushi; to the ambassador in Canada, I hope you had an opportunity to view some great hockey and to sip on some Labatts.
Here’s a list of countries that have recognized Kosovo’s independence as of March 19, 2008:
1. Costa Rica
2. United States
7. United Kingdom