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Santa Lucia is the 81st UN member state to recognize the Republic of Kosovo

Prishtina, 19 August 2011 – Santa Lucia has officially recognized the independence of Kosovo increasing to 81 the number of the UN member states that have recognized the independent and sovereign Republic of Kosovo.

This recognition comes as a result of the efforts of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, who met on 18 May 2011 in New York with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Santa Lucia, Rufus Bousquet, and got promises that his country was going to recognize Kosovo very soon. 

The verbal recognition note from Santa Lucia reads that its Permanent Mission in New York is authorized to start the process of signing of this agreement and that the signing of this agreement is considered as factual and legal recognition of the Republic of Kosovo by the state of Santa Lucia. 

Informing the media about the recognition from Santa Lucia, the MFA spokesperson, Artan Behrami, said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo got the confirmation from this state of the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo today. 

“Santa Lucia recognizes the Republic of Kosovo and today in New York the ambassadors of both countries will sign the agreement to establish diplomatic relations and that implies the factual and legal recognition of the state of Kosovo by Santa Lucia,” said Behrami.

The MFA spokesperson also announced that another four Caricom states, with whose representatives the Minister of Foreign Affairs met in July, are likely to recognize the Republic of Kosovo in an immediate future. 

The last recognitions are an outcome of the implementation of the Strategy on the Recognition of the Republic of Kosovo which has started to yield its first expected results as announced upon its approval by the Government of Kosovo.

Santa Lucia is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It covers a land area of 620 km2 and has an estimated population of 173,765. Santa Lucia has been member of the United Nations since 18-09-1979.

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