Slovakia sticks to not recognising Kosovo's independence - President.

By bne IntelliNews September 11, 2012
Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic reiterated on September 10 the countrys position that it would not recognise the independence of Kosovo, TASR news agency reported, quoting the President speaking after an official meeting with his Swiss colleague Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. Gasparovic added, however, that if international agreements lead to recognising Kosovos independence, Slovakia will not be in a position to veto. "Slovakia supports Kosovo so that it becomes an [area] of steady social growth and economic development," Gasparovic was quoted as saying. Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008 and so far more than 90 countries have recognised it as a sovereign state. The European Union is still divided on whether to favour the former Serbian provinces independence or not. Although most EU members have opted to do so, five countries - Slovakia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Spain still refrain from regognising Kosovos independence, saying the territorial integrity of a country should be reached through international discussions, and not through a unilateral declaration of independence.

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