Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Spain will not recognise Kosovo,backs date of talks

5/28/2013 9:33:00 PM

MADRID/BELGRADE - Spain remains firmly committed to its stand on non-recognition of Kosovo's independence and it supports granting the date of EU accession talks to Serbia, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo y Marfil stated on Tuesday at the meeting with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Suzana Grubjesic.

Margallo y Marfil stated that Serbia can count on unequivocal support of Spain concerning the decision on the EU accession date, and added that Spain remains firmly committed to its stand on non-recognition of Kosovo's independence and noting that Madrid's policy cannot be brought into question. 

 The Brussels agreement between Belgrade and Pristina and the plan for implementation of the agreement are status-neutral, which is very important for Spain, the Spanish foreign minister said. According to a release issued by Grubjesic's cabinet, the Spanish minister backed stronger economic cooperation between the two countries. Grubjesic said that the Tuesday meeting confirmed that Serbia is close to getting the date of accession talks because Spain once more joined a number of signals and messages of European officials over the past few days that prove a number of EU members are willing to set the date of EU talks for Serbia in June. Grubjesic said that Serbia is in the final stage of the process because the decision on its European future will be made in June. Grubjesic called on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Foreign Minister Margallo y Marfil to visit Serbia.

 The Serbian deputy prime minister announced that she would visit Berlin soon within reinforced diplomatic offensive. Photo Tanjug/S. Radovanovic

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