Kosovo’s diplomacy failing, only 1 recognition in 1 year

Kosovo’s diplomacy failing, only 1 recognition in 1 year

Pristina, 4 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In spite of the fact that during 2016, Kosovo was recognized by only one country, heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say that they are working and that positive result are expected on this.

Few days ago, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enver Hoxhaj promised that within this year, Kosovo will be recognized by three countries.

Hoxhaj didn’t say which countries these were, but confirmed that the promise for these recognitions was made during the meetings that he had in New York.

According to him, the recent action of the Foreign Ministry has been more focused on accession of the country in international organizations.

Meanwhile, experts of international relations and analysts launch criticism toward the institutions of Kosovo in relation to the foreign policy.

Expert of international relations, Emrush Ujkani told IBNA that the delays in the process of the recognition of Kosovo are worrying.

“I think that this is an issue which should be cause for concern for the institutions of Kosovo, especially those responsible for foreign policy. I think that Kosovo’s foreign policy must coordinate activities with our main allies and in full coordination with them, must secure new recognitions”, Ujkani says.

Analyst Fatos Rushiti told IBNA that the situation has come to a gridlock, because Kosovo’s diplomacy has no clear vision.

“Kosovo is currently facing many problems. No country is ready to recognize Kosovo while it faces political instability, corruption, organized crime and many other social-economical problems”, Rushiti says.

So far, Kosovo has been recognized by 112 countries since it proclaimed independence on 17 February 2008.

There are five EU member countries yet to recognize Kosovo’s independence: Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Slovakia. /balkaneu.com/