Four countries derecognize the so-called Kosovo, two other countries helping Pristina

13. May 2022.
After a National Security Council meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selaković, stated that today he handed over to President Aleksandar Vučić the notes of the four countries that withdrew the recognition of the so-called Kosovo.

“The National Security Council has authorized President Vučić to inform the general public about the countries in question as he deems it necessary," Selaković said.

With this gesture, Selaković said, Serbia wants to give a chance to the member states of the Council of Europe not to initiate the procedure of Kosovo's admission to this organization in June.

“This way, we want to demonstrate our readiness to talk and to reach solutions through dialogue, and by no means unilaterally,” Selaković said.

Selaković also said that our intelligence services had learned that at least two large countries were working to provide serious logistical support Pristina’s campaign for new recognitions, as well as to stop Serbia's derecognition campaign.

He added that the government will continue to fight fiercely and work on derecognition of the unilaterally declared independence of the so-called Kosovo, guided by our state and national interests.

Selaković said that we are in a very difficult situation because our state and leadership are exposed to great pressures to voluntarily accept the violation of Serbia’s territorial integrity, the destruction of international public law and order to its own detriment.

“Since some opposed it and questioned the president's arguments regarding the validity of the Washington agreement, I am obliged to point out that the US Government, through a statement made by the State Department on the first anniversary of the Washington agreement, made it clear that the said agreement remains in force, and called on Belgrade and Pristina to respect the agreement,” Selaković said.

By submitting a formal request for admission of the so-called Kosovo to the Council of Europe, Pristina has shown that it does not respect that agreement and the given word, or the position of the state that brokered the agreement and participated in it, Selaković said.

He pointed out that Pristina has clearly shown that it does not intend to reach any solution through dialogue, and decided to take a unilateral approach, like so many times before.

“Turbulent and important days are ahead of us. The President is expecting a visit by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and a conference on the Western Balkans has been scheduled for June 23, hosted by Emanuel Macron. There are also very important negotiations with Russia concerning the gas price, and on top of all that, our diplomatic fight for the protection of our state and national interests,” Selaković concluded.