Kosovo official: We expect 19 more independence recognitions in 2019

Kosovo official: We expect 19 more independence recognitions in 2019

Kosovo official: We expect 19 more independence recognitions in 2019 Izvor: N1
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Pristina is lobbying to persuade more countries to recognise Kosovo’s 11-year-old independence from Belgrade, Rejhan Vuniqi, deputy Foreign Minister, says, adding 19 more states are expected to do that in 2019, the Zeri daily reported on Monday.

The daily said it had been a year since no new country recognised the independence and added Serbia was “continuously reporting that (some) countries have withdrawn their decision on recognition,” of Kosovo as a state.

“We are facing problems and obstructions by Serbia’s aggressive lobbying against Kosovo,” Vuniqi said.

Kosovo’s diplomacy and Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli lobby around the world like never before, she has added.

Belgrade's intention is to lower the number of countries that have recognised independent Kosovo to under a hundred, i.e., under half of the UN member states, with some saying that the target is 96.

Last year the number of countries that have recognised Kosovo as an independent state was 110. Among them are some which withdrew that decision in the meantime.

By the end of 2018, Serbia's Foireign Minister Ivica dacic said that 12 countries had withdrawn the decion on recognition, some saying "until the Belgrade - Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations is not finished."

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