Spain welcomes resumption of dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia

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The resumption of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia comes as good news for Spain, although the latter will maintain its previous stance in which it does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, reported local media KosovaPress citing diplomatic sources from the Spanish foreign ministry.

Asked from KosovaPress on whether Spain intends to change its stance, at a time when EU efforts to reach a deal for the normalization of ties have reached the highest peak, the Spanish diplomat responded “Spain will continue to maintain its stance of not recognizing the unilateral declaration of independence ratified from Prishtina in 2008”.

“In any case, our approach is very constructive and supportive towards the dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina. The resumption of the dialogue is very good news. It is necessary to take advantage of this moment to try and reach an acceptable deal by both sides as well as in compliance with international laws”, said the Spanish diplomats.

While regarding the declaration of the EU Special Envoy Miroslav Lajcak that “a successful dialogue outcome for Kosovo implies becoming a candidate country”, the Spanish diplomats said they fully support his work, but preferred not to comment on his promise on Kosovo.

Spain is one of the five EU member states that do not recognize the sovereignty of Kosovo, the others being Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia, and Romania.

One of the main challenges for the leaders of the bloc will be to convince these states to recognize Kosovo.

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