OPDX BULLETIN update 17-18/09/2012

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REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO (On The Air!)
A few different sources are reporting the following [edited]:
* Sept 17 - Z60K - Launch of Amateur Radio in Pristina, Kosovo. IARU Project.Z60K now listed on Club Log with the following message: Provisionally The Republic of Kosovo - pending news from ARRL. This DXCC is temporarily marked as a current DXCC entity in Club Log in order to allow the expedition log search features to function correctly. Approval for this operation will come from ARRL alone.
On September 17th, shortly after 1700z, international and local ops started operating as Z60K from near Pristina, Kosovo on both 20 and 17m SSB. Operators included Emil/9A9A, Bob/MD0CCE, Martti/OH2BH and Pekka/OH2TA. Local TV recorded the moment live on air. QSL via G3TXF.
An Amateur Radio working group headed by IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, and including IARU Region 1 Executive Committee Member Nikola Percin, 9A5W, and Mission Goodwill Kosovo Coordinator Martti Laine, OH2BH, together with their associates are in the final stages of assisting Kosovo's Telecom Authorities in drafting regulations governing Amateur Radio in Kosovo, to bring the original Kosovar operators and their re-vitalized Amateur Radio Association back to the international community.
Full details at: http://www.iaru-r1.org/

REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO (Update/On The Air!)
The following was posted on QRZ.com [edited]:
Z60K Republic of Kosovo
Amateur Radio Association of Kosovo
SHRAK
Pristina
Republic of Kosovo
QSL: VIA G3TXF
Monday, September 10, 2012, marked the end of supervised independence of the Republic of Kosovo, a European country with a population of 2 million, and the beginning of its status as a fully sovereign state. The ceremonies featured a keynote address by a former UN Envoy for Kosovo, President Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, an architect of the March 26, 2007, Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement which now came to its completion.
In his speech at Monday's special session of the Kosovo Parliament, President Ahtisaari stated: "Five years ago I offered to the Secretary- General of the United Nations a blueprint for a sovereign, multi-ethnic democracy called Kosovo. Today we celebrate the full and final adoption of the principles and structures of that blueprint into the institutions, the processes, and the legal framework of an independent, functioning state."
Pursuant to the Settlement Proposal, an International Steering Group (ISG) - consisting of twenty-five countries - was formed to oversee and guide the development of good governance, multi-ethnicity and rule of law in Kosovo. The ISG has now completed its duties, allowing Kosovo to continue with full sovereignty and the management of its own affairs as a member of the world community.
This is now the overall state of affairs regarding Kosovo's formal status, which enables the country to pursue its chosen course independently into the future. Kosovo is now an independent country, which must be honored as such.
As of today, a total of 91 countries, including most of the industrialized world, such as USA, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and France along with the Benelux and Nordic countries, have recognized the Republic of Kosovo. These powers have endorsed the final settlement, the fulfilment of which is now celebrated in Kosovo's capital Prishtina.
An Amateur Radio working group headed by IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, and including IARU Region 1 Executive Committee Member Nikola Percin, 9A5W, and Mission Goodwill Kosovo Coordinator Martti Laine, OH2BH, together with their associates are in the final stages of assisting Kosovo's Telecom Authorities in drafting regulations governing Amateur Radio in Kosovo, to bring the original Kosovar operators and their revitalized Amateur Radio Association back to the international community.
http://www.voanews.com/content/supervised-independence-ends-in-kosovo/1505339.html

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