Spanish FM underscores opposition to Kosovo independence

09:13, June 15, 2011      

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Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez Garcia-Herrera met with Serbian leaders in Belgrade on Tuesday, reiterating her country's staunch opposition to the recognition of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence.

"Once more I take this opportunity to repeat that Spain will not recognize Kosovo," said Jimenez at a joint press conference with her Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic. Earlier in the day, Jimenez met with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic.

Spain is one of only five European Union member states that have steadfastly refused to recognize the independence of Kosovo. The others are Romania, Greece, Cyprus and Slovakia. The United States and other EU members have established diplomatic relations with Kosovo.

Jeremic warned that the recognition of separatist aspirations of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo would lead to additional separatist claims in Europe. He said Serbia was seeking a solution to the status of Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008 after almost a decade of UN administration, through "active dialogue" between Belgrade and Pristina.

Jimenez also extended Spain's continued support for Serbia's EU aspirations.

"Serbia has a crucial role in the Balkans and that is why we want Serbia and other Western Balkan countries to become candidates to join the European Union," said Jimenez.

Source: Xinhua
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