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 unbiased nation — an concept promptly dismissed by the Czech Republic’s overseas 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 stated whereas he can’t revoke Kosovo’s recognition on his personal, he plans to boost the problem.
“I am not a dictator,” Zeman stated. “However … I’ll ask the query of whether or not it (reversal) could be carried out.”
Zeman, who is understood for his frequent offensive statements and diplomatic gaffes, stated Tuesday that he likes Serbia and its folks however dislikes Kosovo, which has a predominantly ethnic Albanian inhabitants.
Czech Overseas Minister Tomas Petricek stated Wednesday there was no motive for the federal government to rethink its choice on Kosovo’s independence however stated he was keen to talk with Zeman on the topic.
Kosovo’s outgoing Overseas Minister Behgjet Pacolli thanked Petricek, tweeting “the Czech Republic is a good friend and powerful companion of #Kosovo.”
Greater than 100 international locations have acknowledged Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence, together with 23 European Union member nations and america. 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 international locations to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo. A couple of dozen, principally growing African international locations, reportedly have carried out so.
Vucic stated Wednesday that a “compromise” was wanted to resolve the Kosovo dispute and praised Zeman as a good friend of Serbia.
Throughout their information convention, Zeman additionally denounced Kosovo as a rustic “run by warfare criminals.”
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj lately was summoned by a global court docket for questioning about alleged warfare crimes through the Serbian crackdown on Kosovo in 1998-99. No fees 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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