Czech government hesitates to recognize Kosovo
The Czech Republic remains reserved towards recognizing Kosovo as an independent country. After the former Serbian province proclaimed independence on Sunday, Czech diplomats said they would wait for a common EU strategy on the issue. But a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday failed to reach any joint policy towards Kosovo, and the Czech Foreign Ministry has set down its own conditions for the recognition of Kosovo.
“We are convinced that the European Union has to come up with a common stance towards the declaration of independence of Kosovo; this should be agreed on the General Affairs and External Relations Commission on Monday. The Czech Republic is ready to proceed in coordination with other member states of the European Union.”
“I have said on several occasions that no dates are binding for us; we have to see how many European countries recognize Kosovo, and the way the Kosovo government behaves. We will base our decision on these factors rather than on a date in the calendar. That’s why I am not going to mention any specific date – we will work with facts, not with dates.”
“It is sort of like dancing on eggshells, it is like handling a powder keg. In situations like this, I think it is better to be really careful. We will wait, we will evaluate the situation; there is no hurry. It will certainly not happen this week but let’s be realists – we certainly won’t wait for six months.”