Argentina rules out recognition

BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina will not recognize Priština’s unilateral independence declaration.

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana said in Buenos Aires on Friday that it would represent a dangerous precedent in international law, which is not in Argentina's national interest.

Argentina will not recognize Kosovo as an independent state as long as the issue of the Falkland Islands remains unresolved, Taiana underlined in an interview for the Friday issue of Buenos Aires daily Clarin.

The Falkland Islands is a territory in the Atlantic Ocean which London has kept under control ever since 1833. The Argentinians tried to return the Islands to their sovereignty by force during the Falklands War in 1982.

The minister explained that Argentina now wanted the Falkland Islands to return under its jurisdiction by political means, through negotiations with the UK.

“If we were to recognize Kosovo, which has declared its independence unilaterally, without an agreement with Serbia, we would set a dangerous precedent that would seriously threaten our chances of a political settlement in the case of the Falkland Islands,” he pointed out, and added that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would not give any official statement on the issue, reiterating that there would be no recognition of Kosovo.

Recalling that in 1999, Argentina had voted in favor of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Taiana said that his country “then advocated, as it does now, respect for territorial integrity.”

“We should not forget that Resolution 1244 explicitly states that the dispute can only be resolved through an agreement or talks with the parties involved,” concluded the Argentine foreign minister.