Norway to recognise Kosovo

Last updated: 08/06/2009 // Norway is going to recognise Kosovo as an independent state. – There are several reasons why we have arrived at this conclusion, says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

“Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that further negotiations would lead to a mutually agreed solution to the status issue. At the same time, the status quo is no longer viable. There is a need to clarify Kosovo’s future status so that it can continue its economic and political development.

In the current situation, it is important that the members of the international community as far as possible take a common position. This in itself would contribute to clarity and stability. A large number of European countries, including other Nordic countries, intend to recognise Kosovo. Given the situation, we feel it is appropriate to signal that Norway will do so as well,” says Mr Støre.

“I would like to stress that the Kosovo situation is a special case. The conflict in 1999 and the fact that Kosovo has been under international administration since then constitute special circumstances,” says the Foreign Minister.

Norway attaches great importance to the obligations undertaken by Kosovo’s leaders with a view to implementing the provisions of the Ahtisaari plan.

Kosovo must now develop into a multi-ethnic, democratic state with respect for human rights and law and order. Respect for the religious and cultural heritage of the various ethnic groups is essential in this respect. The fulfilment of these obligations will be an important factor in the development of our relations with Kosovo.

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