Slovak PM: No recognition of Kosovo

BELGRADE -- Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico says there is no reason for his country to change its position on Kosovo’s unilateral independence.

Mirko Cvetković (FoNet, archive)
Mirko Cvetković (FoNet, archive)

"Our position on Kosovo is not just a matter of affection towards Serbia, nor does it have anything to do with our position towards the U.S. or Russia,” Fico told a joint press conference after meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković.

According to the Slovakian TASR agency, Fico also warned that his government’s refusal to recognize Kosovo showed how far Slovakia would go to defend its own state interests against the “dangerous policies pursued against Slovakia’s sovereignty” by one of the two relevant Hungarian parties in Slovakia, the Party of the Hungarian Coalition.

The minister said that Belgrade had achieved a diplomatic success by bringing the question of Kosovo’s unilateral independence before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Earlier today, Cvetković told Slovakian President Ivan Gašparovič that Belgrade intended to launch new talks on Kosovo’s status after the ICJ’s ruling.

Like Gašparovič, Fico assured his Serbian counterpart of Bratislava’s full support for Serbia’s EU integration, dismissing as unjustified any attempts or hints at postponing the admission of new member-states, including Serbia, for any reason.

The two prime ministers are also due to open a Serbian-Slovakian Business Forum at the Slovakian Economy Ministry, with 35 Serbian companies expected to take part.

During his visit to Bratislava, Cvetković will lay a wreath at the memorial plaque to Vuk Karadžić.

The prime minister is being accompanied by Trade and Services Minister Slobodan Milosavljević, Energy and Mining Minister Petar Škundrić and Vojvodina Deputy First Minister Ana Tomanova-Makanova.