Self-styled president of disputed patch of land holds press event in capital

Vít Jedlička, the self-styled 'president' of Liberland (a micro-nation proclaimed by Mr Jedlička less than a year ago on a seven square kilometre patch of land disputed by Croatia and Serbia) says some 87,000 applications for citizenship were received so far. He spoke at a press conference in Prague on Monday, suggesting that around 1,000 of the most ‘active’ applicants would be the first to receive said ‘citizenship’. Applications have reportedly come in from all around the world. Croatian authorities last year twice briefly detained Mr Jedlička and have reportedly blocked access to the land. Legal experts in both Serbia and Croatia have said under international law no third party has the right to claim the area, which is uninhabited, mostly forestland, off the Danube.

Author: Jan Velinger