Spain is not changing its position on Kosovo; it appeals for a solution to be reached through dialogue

Source: Gazeta Express

Spain is not changing its position regarding the non-recognition of Kosovo's independence and says that it is time to make the last efforts to resolve the disputes between Kosovo and Serbia, Radio Free Europe writes.

On the question to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs of whether Madrid had changed its position on Kosovo after Pristina and Belgrade had agreed on the European proposal for the normalization of relations, this ministry said that the "issue of the territory of Kosovo" should be resolved through a dialogue between Kosovo and of Serbia, with the mediation of the European Union.

"It's time to make the last effort to resolve the Kosovo issue," Elena Aljarilla Cortezon, communications adviser at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told RFE/RL.

Spain and four other EU countries (Cyprus, Slovakia, Romania, and Greece) still do not recognize the independence that Kosovo declared in 2008.

Official Madrid said that there was still work to be done to reach an agreement for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

"The outcome of the February 27 meeting was a step forward, but there is still work to be done in terms of reaching an agreement on the normalization of relations based on the EU proposal, which was welcomed by the European Council in February. Although it is positive that both Pristina and Belgrade have agreed on the text of the proposal without any changes, there will be no firm agreement without a clear plan on how it will be implemented," the answer to RFE states.