Serbian Foreign Ministry announces readiness of four countries to revoke recognition of Kosovo
The Security Council of Serbia gave the head of state Vucic the right to announce which four countries are ready to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo in question
Four countries that previously recognized Kosovo are ready to withdraw their decision due to violations by Pristina agreements with Belgrade. This was announced by Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovich, reports novosti.rs.
“Today, I handed over to President Vucic the diplomatic notes of four states that revoke the recognition of the so-called Kosovo, and the Security Council authorized the president, at the moment he deems it necessary, to inform the public about which states are in question,” — he said.
Selakovic added that Belgrade received information about the support of Pristina by two large states, without specifying which countries were in question. According to him, there will be “stormy and important days” ahead.
The day before, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Belgrade would convene a meeting of the country's Security Council in connection with the application of partially recognized Kosovo for accession to the Council of Europe.
According to him, Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gerwalla-Schwartz confirmed her intention to apply for membership in the Council of Europe. “We will begin to react politically. If someone thinks they can blackmail us and break Serbia <…>, it won't be so easy»,— he emphasized.
Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti on March 24 ordered the dismissal of Serb judge Liliya Stevanovic from Kosovo's institutions of government. After that, the authorities were supposed to dismiss all Serbian commanders and policemen who were present at the meeting of the Security Council of Serbia. The next day, Serbs living in Kosovo took to the streets to protest.
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Vučić said that Kurti destroyed the peace agreements concluded in Brussels with Serbia. “We'll see what happens next, it's a matter of time, will everything collapse further or someone will try to blind it somehow”, — he added.
According to the Serbian leader, thanks to the Brussels agreements, the parties managed to “preserve peace for nine years.” These agreements were reached by the parties on April 19, 2013. According to them, a Community of Serbian Municipalities (a body of self-government for Serbs living in Kosovo) should be created in Kosovo. Other paragraphs also state that the judiciary must be made up of a majority of Serbs living in Kosovo.
Kosovo was formerly an autonomous republic within Serbia, but declared its independence in 2008. It was recognized by most of the EU countries and more than a hundred countries— UN members. Russia, China, Iran, Serbia and a number of other countries have not recognized Kosovo as a separate state.
Kosovo is a member of the World Bank, the IMF, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Olympic Committee, but is not a member of the UN, WTO and other international organizations.
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