Pristina, 23 September 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Kosovo has launched a campaign to boost relations with the 5 EU member countries which haven’t recognized its independence yet.
Deputy Foreign Minister, Valon Murtezaj says that Kosovo’s diplomacy is working hard in order for the five EU member countries to recognize Kosovo as soon as possible.
“Besides the recognitions, we are also working in order to make Kosovo a member of many international organizations, especially UNESCO, Interpol and Council of Europe”, he said after the visit to Greece.
After this visit, Kosovo is expecting good news from Greece.
“Greece and other countries which have not recognized our independence, are aware that Kosovo is waiting on a decision of recognition. During this visit, I made it clear to my counterpart that we are expecting good news from Greece”, Murtezaj said.
On the other hand, his Greek counterpart, Dimitrios Mardas expressed the readiness of the Greek state to continue its support for Kosovo. He stressed that Greece is interested on further advancing the good relations with Kosovo.
In meetings with senior officials in Kosovo, the Greek ambassador to Pristina, Konstantina Athanassiadou has offered the support of her country for the current engagements of the institutions of Kosovo in the path of European integration and international organizations, thus contributing in the strengthening of peace and regional stability.
Kosovo proclaimed its independence on 17 February 2008. Immediately after this, letters were sent to all governments of the world for its recognition.
So far, 112 states out of 193 members states of the UNO, have formally recognized Kosovo.
The majority of the EU member countries have recognized it (23 out of 28). EU member countries decide on an individual basis if they want to recognize Kosovo, while the EU has sent the EULEX mission to maintain peace in the country. /balkaneu.com/