Kosovo pilot goes around the world on country PR mission

A pilot from Kosovo, James Berisha, is flying around the world to raise awareness of his country’s existence and asking the world to recognise its independence.

Kosovo, which used to be ruled by Yugoslavia, declared its independence on February 17, 2008 but only 75 of the 192 nations in the United Nations have so far recognised its independence.

Berisha, who has already been to 80 nations, arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday in a four-seater Cessna 172 plane, and was scheduled to hand over a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi Friday.

“My mission to Zimbabwe is to bring a letter from the government of Kosovo to the Zimbabwe government. We would like Zimbabwe to recognise our independence,” he said.

“We want to have a seat in the UN in the next two years and be able to trade, attract investment, have diplomatic relations and cultural exchanges with other nations.

“We also want to be a member of the European Union soon.”

Berisha used to work for Sierra West Airlines. He has already flown to all countries in North, Central and Southern Africa. In southern Africa he has been to Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.

After Africa he intends to visit all countries in Europe and Asia.

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