Dacic lobbying against further recognitions of Kosovo
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday he had launched resolute diplomatic activities aimed at preventing further recognitions of Kosovo.Source: Beta, Tanjug
He is doing so "with a series of bilateral meetings in the Madagascan capital Antananarivo, where he is attending a summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie," Tanjug has reported.
Dacic said his main activity at the summit would be bilateral meetings with officials of the countries that do not recognize Kosovo to ensure they maintain this position.
He added that he would also meet with officials of countries that recognize Kosovo as independent "where their position can be reversed."
"So-called Kosovo FM Enver Hodzaj and so-called Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, who is also expected to arrive, are banking on discussions with a large number of countries that have not recognized Kosovo," Dacic said.
"Last night I spoke with the hosts, Madagascar's foreign minister, who insisted that we come here at as high a level as possible, because Madagascar as a country that has not recognized Kosovo is under great pressure," the Serbian minister noted.
Beta is reporting, siting a Serbian MFA statement, that on the first day of the conference, Dacic spoke with the foreign ministers of Togo, Burundi, Luxembourg and the deputy foreign minister of Vietnam.
The ministers discussed ways to advance bilateral political and economic cooperation, the statement reads.
The Vietnamese deputy foreign minister confirmed the principled stand of not recognizing the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo and invited Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to visit his country.
According to the announcement, the Serbian and Luxembourg foreign ministers talked about Serbia's EU integration, current affairs in the EU and its relations with key partners.
The foreign ministers of Togo and Burundi voiced the wish to step up dialog and improve cooperation in education.