Slovakia: "Hard to imagine" recognizing Kosovo
Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- Slovakian PM Robert Fico doubts his country would recognize a unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence.
Fico, Barroso in news conference (Beta)
“It’s hard for us to imagine recognizing a unilateral declaration of independence,” said Fico after meeting European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
The Slovakian prime minister called for EU unity on the matter and warned that it would be a “deadly mistake” if member-states failed to reach a consensus.
“That would be a sign of weakness. I have a feeling that certain superpowers are already counting on it,” he added, without going into any further details.
Barroso said that it would he “difficult to justify” if EU states were not in a position to adopt a common European stance on Kosovo.
The Associated Press (AP) reiterates that EU member-states are divided, with Hungary, Greece, Spain, Slovakia, Cyprus and Romania maintaining that independence for the province could spark separatist tensions throughout the continent.
Meanwhile, the U.S., according to the AP, has on more than one occasion suggested that independence would be the optimal solution, and that it could recognize a potential declaration on the part of the Priština authorities.
In Belgrade on Monday, Minister for Kosovo Slobodan Samardžić met with Slovakian Foreign Minister Jan Kubiš, who said his country "would not recognize independent Kosovo."
Kubiš told to Samardžic that Slovakia, as a European Union member state, opposed a unilateral proclamation of Kosovo's independence and that it would "not acknowledge any such possible act", the Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija said in a statement.
The Slovakian chief of diplomacy said that Bratislava backed sending a European Union mission to Kosovo, since, according to him, in doing that the EU would assume responsibility for the security and stability in the region.
Kubiš agreed that the process of the resolution of Kosovo's future status had to continue under the UN auspices, respecting international law, "particularly UN Resolution 1244 which should remain in force until a new resolution is adopted at the UN Security Council," the statement said.
utorak 4.12.2007 | 20:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer Tuesday voiced hope Kosovo will not divide the European Union.
utorak 4.12.2007 | 15:23 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (25) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The government has received a proposal on how to act in case Kosovo declares unilateral independence.
utorak 4.12.2007 | 15:15 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Public enterprises have been ordered to provide the Parliamentary Executive Committee with salary information.
utorak 4.12.2007 | 09:42 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (32) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- NATO says that the complicated and tense situation in Serbia is affecting their mutual relations.
utorak 4.12.2007 | 09:19 | Source: B92 | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Dimitrij Rupel says Slovenia has much on its plate with the Kosovo crisis.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 19:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The parliament has paved the way for the presidential vote to be held in Serbia.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 19:02 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (38) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Troika is presenting the working version of its report on the Kosovo talks to Belgrade and Priština.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 16:43 | Source: Beta | Comments: (19) | Send comment
PREŠEVO -- Contrary to Belgrade's repeated claims that the south of the country is stable, a Valley Albanian party believes the opposite.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 15:10 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia will not hesitate to use any political, diplomatic or economic means to protect its interests, Vuk Jeremić says.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 15:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- MPs have rejected the LDP proposal for a parliamentary hearing to be held on Delta Holding activities.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 11:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Defense chief Dragan Šutanovac says the new defense law will introduce democratic and civil control of the military.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 10:27 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (1) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The Democratic Party of Kosovo and Alliance New Kosovo have reached a coalition agreement at local level.
ponedeljak 3.12.2007 | 09:59 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The budget of parliament, the president and the prime minister’s offices together is less than that of the security services (BIA).
nedelja 2.12.2007 | 19:24 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- LDP's Čedomir Jovanović today announced his presidential bid; the DSS say he should run "locally, in the south".
nedelja 2.12.2007 | 18:53 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Contact Group Troika of envoys will visit Belgrade and Priština tomorrow.
nedelja 2.12.2007 | 14:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (29) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Koha Ditore reports that Kosovo analysts believe there are legal grounds to proclaim independence.
nedelja 2.12.2007 | 12:52 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- An officer in charge of overseeing a Serbia – NATO agreement says the cooperation with the peacekeepers in Kosovo is going well.
nedelja 2.12.2007 | 11:32 | Source: FoNet, Tanjug | Comments: (25) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- An UNMIK spokesman says there are three "red lines" in northern Kosovo that "cannot be crossed".
subota 1.12.2007 | 17:16 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE, LJUBLJANA -- President Boris Tadić says that Serbia’s main aim is a policy of peace, and would remain so as long as he was president.
subota 1.12.2007 | 15:06 | Source: Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Dragan Jočić (DSS) says there is enough room for the interests of Kosovo Serbs and Albanians to be satisfied.
subota 1.12.2007 | 12:18 | Source: B92 | Comments: (22) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Head of the Serb List for Kosovo Oliver Ivanović has spoken to NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
subota 1.12.2007 | 10:54 | Source: Beta | Comments: (25) | Send comment
MADRID -- Serbia is offering Kosovo autonomy that would be wider than that enjoyed by Catalonia and the Basque country.
subota 1.12.2007 | 09:25 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Đelić says that presidential elections will be held in January.
petak 30.11.2007 | 19:32 | Source: BIRN | Comments: (18) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- A TV program claims to have revealed irregularities in Kosovo’s November 17 elections.
petak 30.11.2007 | 19:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vojislav Koštunica says the region's stability depends on the U.S.’s readiness to observe Resolution 1244.
petak 30.11.2007 | 18:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (44) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is considering the implementation of “plan B” for Kosovo.
petak 30.11.2007 | 17:37 | Source: DPA | Comments: (8) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was in Kosovo on Friday.
petak 30.11.2007 | 16:37 | Source: Beta | Comments: (52) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator and one of the Democrats' presidential favorites Hillary Clinton has spoken out over the Kosovo crisis.
petak 30.11.2007 | 16:04 | Source: FoNet, Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
MOSCOW, LONDON -- Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko says the Troika report on Kosovo will not contain any conclusions or recommendations.
petak 30.11.2007 | 15:45 | Source: FoNet, Tanjug | Comments: (32) | Send comment
MADRID -- Serbia has blocked the adoption of an OSCE ministerial statement concerning a mission to Kosovo, says Vuk Jeremić.
petak 30.11.2007 | 10:28 | Source: Beta | Comments: (18) | Send comment
ANKARA -- President Boris Tadić met with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul in Ankara yesterday.
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BELGRADE -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac said in Belgrade yesterday that Serbia is "not ready for NATO".
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 20:50 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Radical Party (SRS) has demanded the scheduling of a parliament session dedicated to Kosovo.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 18:37 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (26) | Send comment
MADRID -- The OSCE Ministerial Council session opened in Madrid, Spain, this Thursday.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 18:28 | Source: Reuters, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
Helsinki -- A defense row between Turkey and Cyprus could endanger European security forces in Kosovo, Olli Rehn says.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 18:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Russia believes it is necessary to continue Kosovo negotiations, Ambassador Aleksandr Alekseyev says.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 16:51 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The last in a series of three B92 programs looking at the Kosovo conflict will be aired tonight.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 16:10 | Source: Beta | Comments: (10) | Send comment
MADRID -- The State Dept. has warned “certain decisions” will have to be taken should the Kosovo crisis remain unresolved.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 14:06 | Source: B92 | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Božidar Đelić claims that in spite of the failure of the Kosovo talks, Serbia will remain a factor of stability in the Balkans.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 11:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- KFOR commander Xavier Bout de Marnhac fears an outbreak of violence in Kosovo following the failure of the status talks.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 09:29 | Source: Beta | Comments: (24) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ban Ki-moon continues to support the efforts of the Contact Group Troika in finding a solution to the Kosovo crisis.
četvrtak 29.11.2007 | 09:24 | Source: Beta | Comments: (27) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Daniel Serwer of the U.S. Institute of Peace says an extension of the Kosovo status talk is unlikely.
sreda 28.11.2007 | 17:46 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (29) | Send comment
PRAGUE -- A renowned former Czech dissident says Kosovo Albanian leader Hashim Thaci "is not a democrat".
sreda 28.11.2007 | 17:13 | Source: B92, Beta, Ria novosti, Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says force will not solve any of the regional problems, including Kosovo, Iran and Sudan.
sreda 28.11.2007 | 16:13 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (46) | Send comment
BADEN -- The Contact Group Troika has called on sides to continue discussions after the talks under its mediation failed.
sreda 28.11.2007 | 15:15 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (47) | Send comment
PREŠEVO -- Ethnic Albanians in the south are today marking the national holiday of Albania, November 28; no incidents.
sreda 28.11.2007 | 11:16 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
NOVI PAZAR -- Great Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to Serbia, Bill Longhurst, met with leaders of the Sandžak Democratic Party (SDP).
sreda 28.11.2007 | 10:39 | Source: B92 | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The parliament will begin talks today regarding the Law on President and the election of a state president.
sreda 28.11.2007 | 10:27 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (39) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- International Crisis Group analyst James Lyon says that Belgrade is "testing the nerves of the West".