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Sweden Officially Recognises Kosovo

Published tisdag 4 mars 2008 kl 12.52

Sweden today officially recognised Kosovo as an independent state.

Tuesday morning’s announcement was made by Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt following a meeting with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and the rest of the advisory council on foreign affairs.

Foreign Minister Bildt would send a letter to Kosovo leaders to inform them of the Scandinavian country’s decision to recognise the province’s secession from Serbia.

The Swedish government ”regretted that no agreement could be reached in the United Nations Security Council” on Kosovo’s status.

Although expected, the Prime Minister said the decision to approve Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia last month was difficult and fell in a grey area of International law. Bildt said it was a ”unique situation.”

He added that Sweden had waited for more than two weeks to recognize Kosovo ”to show that we have devoted reflection to this decision.”

”We are working in a gray zone within international law, we are working with tensions, we are working with cheers and at the same time a lot of bitterness down in the region. So I think it has been important to mark reflection and preciseness in the Swedish decision making,” he said.

The Opposition Social Democratic Party had criticised the centre-right government for taking so long to make a decision while the Left Party said it hadn’t waited long enough.

Sweden joins more than 20 countries who’ve already recognised Kosovo’s secession from Serbia.

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