Washington, D.C., September 26, 2008 - Kosovan President Fatmir Sejdiu,
in an interview today with the Voice of America (VOA), said he
continues to lobby his Balkan neighbors to officially recognize his
country's independence from Serbia.
In separate interviews with VOA,
Bosnian President Haris Silajdžić and Albanian President Bamir Topi
said they support Kosovo's independence and are opposed to Serbia's
request that the International Court of Justice issue an opinion on the
legitimacy of Kosovo's independence.
But Montenegrin President Filip
Vujanović told VOA, "Since the debate on Serbia's initiative is
scheduled for the first part of October, I do not see the need to
express my country's position." He said his country sought good
relations with both Serbia and Kosovo, and recognition of Kosovo would
come "at the appropriate time."
Kosovo's Sejdiu said he hoped the Balkan
states, Macedonia and Montenegro, in particular, would back Kosovo,
which has the recognition of 47 countries, including the United States.
Serbia viewed Kosovo's February 2008 declaration of independence as an
act of secession.
"This would be very important for us, as it would
complete the cycle of recognition from the neighboring countries, with
the exception of Serbia, and would be a very positive signal for the
countries that are far away from Kosovo," Sejdiu said.
week VOA interviewed Serbian President Boris Tadić. All of the
interviews were featured in newscasts reaching the Balkan nations and
can be viewed by selecting the appropriate language on VOA's main
website at www.VOANews.com.
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