Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia Recognize Kosovo

Politics | March 19, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00
Bulgaria: Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia Recognize Kosovo Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia became the first of Serbia's neighbours to recognise Kosovo following a joint statement, made public on the site of Bulgaria's government. Photo by government.bg

Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia have officially declared they are to recognize the independence of the youngest country in the Balkans - Kosovo on Thursday.

"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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