Two years on, two thirds of the world do not recognize Kosovo's UDI
Kosovo Albanians marked the second anniversary of their unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia, but two thirds of the world countries refuse to recognize this act which they consider as a dangerous breach of international law.
(KosovoCompromise Staff) Wednesday, February 17, 2010
A total of 65 countries out of 192 UN members have recognized Kosovo, most of them under heavy pressure by Washington, which masterminded the UDI.
In Belgrade, Serbian Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic praised the country's diplomacy in its efforts to preserve Kosovo.
"Two thirds of the states in the world have recognized international law and territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia that has put great efforts to improve the situation in Serbia's southern province," Bogdanovic stated.
The minister also said that in the last 10 years, Kosovo remained an island of crime and ethnic intolerance in the civilized world and Europe and a place where Serbs do not have freedom of movement and not all ethnic groups are legally protected.
Bogdanovic said that Serbia is ready for a dialogue and constructive and pragmatic policy toward Kosovo and Metohija, adding that the plan of International Civilian Office (ICO) in Pristina, and its chief, Pieter Feith, will not be successful.
The plan seeks to bring northern, Serb areas of the province under the control of the Kosovo Albanian government in Pristina.
Serbs have no trust in Kosovo institutions, Bogdanovic said, and added that Serbs are not legally protected, their cemeteries are being destroyed while the temporary institutions have done nothing to reconcile Serbs and Albanians.