Kosovo calls Serbia’s claims of countries rolling back recognition untrue

“The fact that only a few hours after Kosovo’s application, [Serbia] says they have ensured [Kosovo’s] derecognition shows two things: Either the news is untrue, or they have been working on it for a long time, as opposed to what they publicly stated,” Gërvalla said. [EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ]

Kosovo has not received information of any countries withdrawing their recognition of Kosovo following claims of this nature by Serbia, Foreign Minister Donika Gërvalla has said.

During a press conference on Friday (13 May) Gërvalla denied receiving information confirming these claims.

“The fact that only a few hours after Kosovo’s application, [Serbia] says they have ensured [Kosovo’s] derecognition shows two things: Either the news is untrue, or they have been working on it for a long time, as opposed to what they publicly stated,” Gërvalla said.

Earlier on Friday, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković declared that four countries had revoked their decision to recognise Kosovo but did not say who they were.

His declaration came one day after Kosovo filed its application for membership in the Council of Europe.

Serbia claims that Kosovo’s application violates an agreement it had signed in Washington, DC, in September 2020.

The deal, which focused mainly on economic issues, was signed by Serbian President Alexander Vučić and former Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti under the auspices of former President Donald Trump.

The deal stipulated that Serbia cease its derecognition campaign against Kosovo for one year. Kosovo was also asked to stop applying for membership in international organisations during the same period.

In June 2021, a few months after the election of Albin Kurti as the new prime minister of Kosovo, the country’s parliament failed to pass a resolution for implementing the Washington-backed deal.

Asked by US broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) in Serbian, the US Department of State refused to give its opinion on the matter.

“Kosovo and Serbia are sovereign states, which have the right to choose their own foreign policy priorities,” a US State Department spokesman said in a written response to VOA.

“We continue to believe that the dialogue on the normalisation of relations, mediated by the European Union, is key for both countries in order to pave the way for a European future. We call for urgent, flexible and serious participation in this process,” the spokesman added.

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