Spain comments on Kosovo’s independence — Analysis
PM Pedro Sanchez said the breakaway region’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia violated international law
Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 was illegal and can’t be recognized by Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday during a visit to Albania’s capital, Tirana.
Sanchez, who was on a Balkans Tour with Edi Rama the Prime Minister of Albania, met Edi Rama and stated that the “unilateral declaration of independence, in the view of the Spanish government and with respect to the Albanian government, was a violation of international law”And so “unacceptable”Madrid
The Spanish PM also told Rama that Madrid fully supports Albania’s bid for European Union membership, citing the applicant’s “commitment and the reforms it has made.”
After tensions flared over the weekend at the border between Serbian and the breakaway provincial, officially known as the Autonomous Province of Kosovo & Metohija under the Serbian constitution which was recognized by many Western countries in 2008, his comments were made.
Kosovo’s government planned to prohibit the use of Serbian-issued ID papers and plates starting August 1. It was also planning to employ its police force in order to implement the ban. Belgrade officials called it an attack on Kosovo’s Serbian population as President Aleksandar Vucic accused Pristina of violating the rights of local Serbs.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti in turn has accused local Serbs of opening fire on police, claimed his government is facing “Serbian national-chauvinism” and “misinformation”Belgrade
Serbs living in northern Kosovo set up roadblocks, and raised alarm as the heavily armed Kosovo police took control at two border crossings with Serbia.
Washington requested that the Kosovo authorities postpone implementation of the controversial law to September 1st. This temporarily ended the crisis. Pristina was willing to accept the conditions that Serbia would remove all barricades at its border de facto. Vucic said he hopes that tensions ease. He also promised that Belgrade would make every effort to keep the peace through compromise.
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