BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Czech president on Wednesday saved up his denigration of Kosovo, suggesting that his authorities revoke its recognition of Serbia’s former province as an impartial nation — an concept promptly dismissed by the Czech Republic’s international minister.
Czech President Milos Zeman spoke on the second day of a two-day official go to to Serbia, which doesn’t acknowledge Kosovo’s independence. Throughout a information convention with Serbian President Aleksadar Vucic, Zeman mentioned whereas he can’t revoke Kosovo’s recognition on his personal, he plans to boost the problem.
“I am not a dictator,” Zeman mentioned. “However … I’ll ask the query of whether or not it (reversal) could be achieved.”
Zeman, who is thought for his frequent offensive statements and diplomatic gaffes, mentioned Tuesday that he likes Serbia and its folks however dislikes Kosovo, which has a predominantly ethnic Albanian inhabitants.
Czech Overseas Minister Tomas Petricek mentioned Wednesday there was no purpose for the federal government to rethink its resolution on Kosovo’s independence however mentioned he was prepared to talk with Zeman on the topic.
Kosovo’s outgoing Overseas Minister Behgjet Pacolli thanked Petricek, tweeting “the Czech Republic is a pal and powerful associate of #Kosovo.”
Greater than 100 nations have acknowledged Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence, together with 23 European Union member nations and the USA. Serbia refuses to take action, together with Russia and China.
As EU-mediated talks on normalizing ties between Serbia and Kosovo have stalled, Serbia has stepped up efforts to influence different nations to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo. A few dozen, principally growing African nations, reportedly have achieved so.
Vucic mentioned Wednesday “compromise” was wanted to resolve the Kosovo dispute and praised Zeman as a pal of Serbia.
Throughout their information convention, Zeman additionally denounced Kosovo as a rustic “run by warfare criminals.”
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj just lately was summoned by a global courtroom for questioning about alleged warfare crimes through the Serbian crackdown on Kosovo in 1998-99. No expenses have been introduced towards Haradinaj.
Zeman’s go to additionally centered on boosting financial ties between Serbia and the Czech Republic.
Karel Janicek contributed to this story from Prague; Llazar Semini from Tirana, Albania.
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