"Vatican's Kosovo position unchanged"

VATICAN -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić was on an official visit to the Vatican on Monday.

There, he meet with Holy See Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monsignor Pietro Parolino, Prefect for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches Cardinal Leonardo Sandri and Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Jeremić traveled to Rome ahead of a meeting he will attend at UNESCO headquarters and participation in other international forums, aimed at marking the fifth anniversary of the March pogrom in Kosovo, when 35 Serb Orthodox churches were destroyed, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement ahead of his trip.

After the meetings, the minister said that his hosts told him the Vatican's position not to recognize the Kosovo Albanian unilateral declaration of independence will not change.

"After today's talks, there are no hints that this stance might change," said Jeremić, revealing that another topic of conversation was Serbia's case before the International Court of Justice, ICJ, over the declaration's legality.

The minister also said the discussion included protection of the Christian cultural legacy, and the Serb Orthodox Christian monasteries and churches in Kosovo.

"At this moment, there is not a single spot in Europe where protecting Christian heritage is under more danger than in Kosovo," said Jeremić.