Kosovo Issues National Passports

PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Kosovo issued its first passports on Wednesday, five months after its secession from Serbia won recognition from some 43 countries.

Tens of thousands of citizens have applied since last week for the passport, with "Republic of Kosovo" written on the cover in Albanian, the language of the 90 percent majority, as well as Serbian and English.

The government has no information on whether countries that have not recognized Kosovo's independence will accept the new passport.

Most of Kosovo's 2 million citizens have since used travel documents issued by the United Nations administration in Kosovo.

The Serb minority, which rejects the secession, has the right to hold dual Kosovo-Serbian citizenship.

"We are a nation that easily finds other solutions, we don't have only one passport," said Nol Pashoja, who also holds a Macedonian passport.