Christian Democrats may block Czech acknowledgment of Kosovo’s independence

The Christian Democrats of the governing coalition have moved to postpone the country’s acknowledgement of Kosovo’s independence. Christian Democrat leader Jiří Čunek on Tuesday requested that the issue should be put on the agenda of the next coalition leaders’ meeting. Mr. Čunek, who is not a member of the cabinet, said that there was no one in the party leadership who was in favour of acknowledging Kosovo’s independence at the present time. Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg had originally planned to ask the government to acknowledge Kosovo’s independence on April 2nd. Czech politicians are divided over the issue. While the prime minister is in favour of acknowledging Kosovo’s independence, President Klaus and the country’s opposition parties are against it.