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Austrian foreign minister lobbies for recognition of Kosovo's independence by entire EU

28. March 2011. | 07:19

Source: Tanjug

Austria intends to increase its efforts to gain recognition for Kosovo's independence by all of the EU countries, Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said Friday, commenting on his visit to Kosovo.

Austria intends to increase its efforts to gain recognition for Kosovo's independence by all of the EU countries, Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said Friday, commenting on his visit to Kosovo.

He told the Austria Press Agency that he addressed that topic during his meeting with his Cypriot colleague Markos Kyprianou on Thursday.

Cyprus will not recognize Kosovo tomorrow, he stated, adding that there was still hope that Cyprus, Spain, Romania, Slovakia and Greece, as the only EU countries that have not recognized Kosovo, would eventually do so.

Kosovo needs to show the skeptical countries within the EU that it is doing what is necessary to protect its minorities, said Spindelegger.

He thinks the start of the talks between Belgrade and Pristina was good and yielded results, despite a dose of restraint.

He welcomed the progress made in the talks, but stressed that normal relations between Serbia and Kosovo were still far away.

Austria will continue to support Kosovo's independence and EU integration within the union, the minister remarked.

He added that his visit to Pristina signaled the EU's openness towards Kosovo.

Spindelegger's delegation included Stefan Lehne, political director of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, who denied the speculations that he could be the next special representative of the EU in Kosovo.

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