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Bulgaria recognized Kosovo

euinside, March 19, 2008

Bulgaria together with Hungary and Croatia has just recognized the independence of Kosovo. This happened after the three neighbouring Serbia countries issued a joint declaration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced after diplomatic consultations among the three nations. The issue of Bulgaria's recognition of Kosovo will be discussed tomorrow at the regular session of the government.

In the document Sofia, Budapest and Zagreb state that for them it is of utmost importance the stability of the region to be ensured as well as a clear European perspective of the countries in it to be outlined. The three countries base their decision to recognize Kosovo on a thorough analysis and on the General Affairs and External Relations Council conclusions from February 18th this year. And also on the conclusions of the European Council from December last year.

Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia also state that they wish to develop relations with Serbia and support deeper relations between the EU and Belgrade. Kosovo claimed its independence on February 17th. A day later the EU foreign ministers approved a declaration, stating that the Union is ready to play a leading role for the stability of the Western Balkans.

During their meeting the ministers also decided to send the European civil mission EULEX in Kosovo. Bulgaria, on its part, put a condition before deciding to recognize the territory for Kosovo to protect all human rights in the region, especially the rights of the ethnic minorities there.

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