Sofia Officially Recognizes Pristina Sovereignty
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin.
The cabinet agreed on establishing diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Kosovo as both countries are to open embassies in the other state.
After the decision is taken, Bulgaria becomes the 18th EU member state, which recognized Pristina's independence.
Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia adopted Wednesday a common declaration on the recognizing Kosovo's sovereignty.
"The three states are highly interested in securing maximum stability in the South-eastern Europe and a European perspective for all the countries in the region," the declaration reads.
The document claims also that Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary will continue supporting the engagement of EU and NATO, concerning democracy building in Kosovo.
The three countries declared their commitment to strengthening ties and developing their close neighboring relations with Serbia.
Sofia, Budapest and Zagreb expressed their hopes that Kosovo institutions are going to guarantee the establishment of a multiethnic country, based on democracy principles, rule of law and rights for Serbian community's members there.
Kosovo's parliament overwhelmingly endorsed a declaration of independence from Serbia in an historic session, held on February 17.
The declaration, read by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, said Kosovo would be a democratic country that respected the rights of all ethnic communities.
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good morning - you come very early with your comment on this 'news', LOL.
I don't see your point of this posting, these are things done more than 18 months ago when I am not mistaken. So what? Romania, like Bulgaria and all other countries too is governed by its specific interests, and this is first of all true regarding their foreign policy. Considering the Hungarian question in Romania it is not surprising that they (like Spain) are not recognizing Kosova. So whats the big deal? And don't take these things so personal. I bet if there was a 'Romanian' minority in Kosova that would be officially recognized by the government there, Romania would have been very quick with official recognition.
Very poor decision what Bulgaria in which Bulgaria recognized Kosovo's independence.
The Bulgarian government has lost a huge amount of respect among the Romanians and my Government.
Bulgaria did not even think what they were doing.
We will not recognize Kosovo. We actually think about the consequences in this matter.
Yeah the Bulgarian government lost a lot of respect among Romania, only in this case Bulgaria has become an irritant to Romania and my Government.
Shame on those so called minister, the destroyers of contemporary Bulgaria! The last days, weeks, moths of this government and parliament, so called opposition has come. Shame on you and step aside, make space for new faces, leave by yourself, so that you will not be removed by the people itself in the coming votes...