Monday, February 18, 2008

Spain will not officially recognise Kosovo

The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, has confirmed today that Spain is not going to give official recognition to the newly declared independent state of Kosovo because the declaration of independence does not respect international law.

Moratinos, compared the position of Spain’s policy towards Kosovo to that of Spain’s stance in the war in Iraq saying that ‘the Spanish government has always defended international law. He insisted that Spain defended it by pulling out its troops from Iraq and also now when it comes to the succession of a state. In his opinion the independence of Kosovo would only be legal if it was the result of agreement by all sides involved or if there had been a UN Security Council resolution.

Moratinos gave emphasis to the fact that the separation of Kosovo as an independent state has caused division in the international community, division in the UN Security Council and division amongst UN member states. He said that it wouldn’t benefit the Balkan region either.

On the other hand the French minister for Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, denied that Kosovan independence was a tradgedy even for Serbia and minimized the difference between EU member states with respect to giving recognition to the new state.

Following Kosovo’s declaration of independence yesterday the Prime Minister of the new state, Hashim Thaci, announced that he had sent a request to governments all over the world asking for recognition and that he expected to receive the first replies within hours. EU member states are meeting today to discuss the matter. At least six EU members are against recognition, Spain included.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's about time to recognize the historical right of Kosova (Dardania) to have its destiny fulfilled-That is full independence. Kosova never was a Serbian province. It was there, since the times of birth of European civilization, a very distinct Dardanian/llyrian identity. Always populated by Dardanias who, although under constant pressure of forcefully migration by Serbian shovinism, Tito's Yugoslavia & Milloshevic's Serbia, still make up 92% of the population. They speak ilirian language with the dialect GEGE. Serbs always have been a minority there. We know that Serbs appeared in Balkans (then llyria) only by the 6th Century AD, and they speak a language more similar to Ukrainian then Russian. They have always been a minority and 'the story' of Kosova being the Heartland of Serbia is just a pure Serbian nationalist fantasy. Facts Speak Louder Than Words and Serbian’s Lies Will Collapse by Themselves. Serbs always have been considered as oppressors there, not just by Albanian majority, but also by other ethnic groups too. Serbs just occupied Kosova during the rise of the Serbian nationalism early 20th century from Ottomans, who by then were loosing the Balkans after 500 years of occupation. The borders of Kosova are well established and recognized. Now Kosova should be Free!
I can’t comprehend how a minority of 7% of the population, pretend to take off the land, the language, culture and the life of the rest of Kosova. Kosovars have the right to live free and independent in their land where they are born, generation after generation, live and will die.

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