Spain's MFA: We stand by our position that we do not recognize Kosovo's independence

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Source: Kosovo Online

The positions of the five EU member states that do not recognize Kosovo have not changed even after reaching an agreement in Ohrid on the Basic Agreement for the normalization of relations and the Annex for Implementation, Gazeta Express reports.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain announced that the country still stands by its position that it does not recognize Kosovo's independence.

"Spain stands by its position that it does not recognize the unilateral declaration of independence adopted by Pristina in 2008 and strongly supports a mutually acceptable solution within the dialogue with the EU's support," Elena Aljarilla Cortezon from the Spanish MFA said.

On the occasion of reaching the agreement in Ohrid, Cortezon said that Spain welcomed the progress made in the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and that it appreciated and supported the efforts of EU High Representative Josep Borrell and Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak.

She adds that the implementation of the agreement in Ohrid, together with the preliminary agreements, is an opportunity that should not be missed.

"In this regard, Spain welcomes the recent agreements on the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. We recognize and support the efforts of EU High Representative Borrell and EU Special Representative Lajcak. The implementation of these agreements, along with previous agreements, is now essential, as this is an opportunity that should not be missed", Cortezon concluded.

Like Spain, Greece has no intention of changing its position on Kosovo's independence. The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, pointed out that Greece does not recognize the independence of Kosovo, once from Athens, and then during an official visit to Belgrade.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, hinted a few days ago that the agreement in Ohrid could encourage EU countries to recognize Kosovo's independence.

"It's certainly an issue we're still working on, but I also think that this agreement, if implemented, actually leads us to recognition by these countries," Blinken said.

Apart from Spain and Greece, Slovakia, Romania, and Cyprus do not recognize Kosovo.