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Minister Hyseni meets the Foreign Ministers of Sudan, the Holy See and Tunisia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni, continued today his series of meetings with representatives of states that have still not recognized the Republic of Kosovo, in order to encourage them to recognize Kosova as soon as possible.

In special meetings, Minister Hyseni met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Ali Karti, the Secretary for Relations with States at the Holy See, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, Kamel Morjane. In another special meeting during the day, the Minister met his counterpart from Slovenia, the Foreign Minister Samuel Žbogar, with whom he discussed recent developments in Kosovo.
 
In meetings with foreign ministers from states that have still not recognized the Republic of Kosovo, Minister Hyseni concentrated on circumstances created after the Opinion of the International Court of Justice relating to Kosovo’s independence and the Resolution of 9th September of the General Assembly regarding this Opinion. The clarity of the Court’s Opinion, deciding in favor of Kosovo on all points and the welcoming of this Opinion by the General Assembly, - said the Minister, - means that there is now no legal or political reason for states that have still not recognized Kosovo to delay with recognition. An additional topic of discussion was the progress made by the new state and the unique circumstances leading to its creation.

In the meeting with the Foreign Minister of Sudan, Minister Hyseni commented in particular on the factual and legal unique circumstances characterizing the case of Kosovo, highlighted by the International Court of Justice, in order to remove potential dilemmas about the use of the Kosovo case by persons or entities within Sudan. In this context, the Minister listed the facts applicable only to Kosovo including: the violent and non-consensual disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, a federation which no longer exists and of which Kosovo was a constitutive unit; approval of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 ending the armed conflict in order to resolve the serious humanitarian crisis in Kosovo, which foresaw a political process for the definition of status, bearing in mind the will of the people; the period of temporary administration by the United Nations; and the exhaustion after many years of all paths to a negotiated solution, which according to the International Court of Justice, although “desirable”, was not required by Resolution 1244. 

In all these meetings, Minister Hyseni asked his counterparts to review, as soon as possible, recognition of the Republic of Kosovo, a decision which would assist not just Kosovo and its people, but also the Republic of Serbia itself, as well as the European perspective of the two states and the strengthening of peace and stability in the region, to which Kosovo’s independence has contributed so much.

The Foreign Minister of Sudan, Ali Karti, told Minister Hyseni that he had been following closely the Court’s decision and that sooner or later, Sudan would support Kosovo.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, Kamel Morjane, said that, “our position was clear. We were waiting for the advisory opinion. Now that we have the Opinion, we are taking it very seriously”, assuring Minister Hyseni that this request will be reviewed by the Government.  

The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, also known as the Foreign Minister of the Holy See, said that the Holy See is also following closely developments regarding Kosovo and is seeing how the situation evolves.  

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