Slovakia's reaction to the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence
Kosovo's Principal Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Development and Dialogue, Besnik Bislimi, called on the head of the Slovak Liaison Office in Pristina, Rastislav Kostilnik, to recognize the independence of Kosovo in Bratislava, Ekonomija online reports.
Bislimi called on Slovakia to join the group of EU countries that recognize Kosovo.
Reciprocity replaces 100 pct tariff
Under Saturday's decision, Kosovo's Food and Veterinary Agency is now obliged to use the emblem and name 'Republic of Kosovo' on all sanitary and veterinary certificates, while economic operators from Serbia must now obtain an entry permit from Kosovo's Liaison Office in Serbia for each vehicle transporting goods entering Kosovo.
The agency said it was announced by Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic, who is on an official visit to the country.
Yesterday, Serbian President indicated that another withdrawal of Kosovo's recognition of independence was soon to follow, saying in Washington that "new withdrawals of Kosovo's recognition are expected in the next few days."
The Serbian authorities' negative attitude towards Kosovo "makes Kosovo Serbs be perceived as anti-state elements" inside the country, Agon Maliqi, a political analyst from Pristina, told BIRN in an interview.
Until relations between Belgrade and Pristina are normalised, this situation will continue, warned Maliqi, the editor of S-Bunker, a political analysis and opinion website.
He added that it was unlikely that Belgrade would recognize Kosovo at all, although he said he had heard from the US that the EU had changed its stance and could ask Belgrade for recognition.
Asked if Serbia would ever recognize Kosovo as an equal member of the international community, Vucic replied that it was a difficult question for the Serbs.
Serbian Foreign Affairs Chief added that we can expect new arrivals of international officials to Serbia at the end of August, offering new initiatives concerning Kosovo issue. Dacic reiterated that USA avoid exerting pressure on Serbia as they are aware that the problem is not in Belgrade, but in Pristina.