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Police Forces: State Reception and Association Agreement

police forces: The second day of celebrations continued with a parade of military and police forces and a state reception, according to CTV. In Feb. 17, 2008, Kosovo's Parliament unilaterally declared independence from Serbia nine years after NATO conducted a 78-day airstrike campaign against Serbia to stop a bloody crackdown against ethnic Albanians. Speaker Kadri Veseli pledged that the second decade of independence would be focused on the economic well-being of Kosovo's citizens. Kosovo, one of poorest countries in Europe, has taken a first step to European Union membership by signing a Stabilization and Association Agreement. Kosovo is recognized by 117 countries, including the U.S. and most Western powers but Serbia still sees Kosovo as part of its own territory and has the support of Russia and China. But the country faces serious challenges besides its relations with Serbia, including establishing the rule of law and fighting high unemployment, corruption and organized crime. ( As reported in the news.