Japan Recognises Kosovo's Independence

World | March 18, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Japan recognised Kosovo's independence on Tuesday, a month after the breakaway province declared secession from Serbia with the backing of the United States and most of the EU members.

"We hope that the independence of Kosovo will contribute to the long-term stability of the region," Japan's Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said in a statement, as cited by the International Herald Tribune.

Komura declared that despite Serbia's opposition to Kosovo's independence, Japan hopes it will maintain stable relations with Belgrade.

Kosovo's declaration of independence on 17 February came nearly a decade after NATO troops expelled Serbian forces from the majority ethnic Albanian territory.

Backed by its ally Russia, Serbia has rejected Kosovo's secession, calling it a blatant violation of international law.
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