Spanish Deputy PM: Spain Won't Recognize Kosovo
Spain will maintain its position not to recognize the independence of Kosovo, said Spanish Deputy PM María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, as reported by Spanish information websites Friday.
The Spanish deputy-PM spoke a day after the UN International Court of Justice pronounced Thursday that Kosovo's unilateral delcaration of independance was "not illegal" according to international law.
It is speculated that this decision of the court will put pressure on states who have not yet recognized Kosovo to do so.
De la Vega said that the Spanish government will maintain its position of not recognizing the breakout Serbian province as an independent state. She specified that Spain will continue to respect UN's resolution regarding borders drawn after the end of war in Bosnia in 1995, wrote ElPais.com.
De la Vega further dismissed as “unreal” any parallels between the situation between Serbia and Kosovo and the relationship of Spain to Catalonia. Such parallels have been drawn by members of pro-independence Catalan parties and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and Convergència i Unió.
“We continue to call for dialogue and compromise between the two sides,” stated the Spanish deputy-PM, saying that is the only viable solution to the Kosovo issue.
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