The Solomon Islands, a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific, informed last week Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry it had withdrawn its decision to recognise the country’s independence, the Pristina KTV television reported, while Kosovo's authorities denied receiving any official document, accusing Belgarde of propaganda.
The TV report, carried by the Beta news agency, said it possessed two texts of the diplomatic note informing the ministry about the withdrawal.
According to Belgrade, before the Solomon Islands, Grenada, Dominica, Surinam, Liberia, São Tomé and Principe, Guinea Bissau, Burundi, Papua New Guinea and Lesotho, have revoked the recognition of Kosovo’s independence.
In the first, Solomon Islands said it sent the decision to Kosovo’s Ministry, while in the second, it reminded it had recognised Kosovo as an independent state in 2015 and explained reasons for the change of the decision.
“The Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has the honour to inform Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry that it decided to annul the decision on recognising Kosovo as an independent state,” the KTV quoted the note.
It added Solomon Islands did that “after careful consideration and bearing in mind the continuation of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue about final Kosovo’s status, as well as the UN Security Council Resolution 1244,” on Kosovo.
"The decision remains in power until the end of the negotiations under the European Union auspices,” the note was quoted as saying.
However, Kosovo's Foreign Ministry said it “did not receive any such document through official channels. We consider that as a continuation of Serbia’s propaganda,” the Ministry said in a statement.
Belgrade said that nine states had so far revoked the decision on Kosovo’s recognition (before the Solomon Islands), while Pristina described it as fake news and accused Serbia of falsifying the withdrawal notes.