To Recognize Kosovo
February 24, 2008
BRATISLAVA (AFP)--Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico warned on Sunday
that his country may never recognize Kosovo's independence from Serbia.
Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence is in breach of international
law and as long as that situation remains Slovakia will not recognize it
and might never do so, Fico said on public television.
"I cannot exclude that situation," he said.
"Historians compare what is happening today in Serbia with what happened
at Munich in 1938 or with the Vienna arbitration," Fico added, referring
to two painful moments in the history of former Czechoslovakia.
Under the Munich agreement, the largely German-speaking Sudetenland
broke away from Czechoslovakia to be swallowed up afterwards by Nazi Germany.
Later, large swathes of Slovakia and the east of the country were handed
over to Hungary under a deal brokered by Germany and Italy under the so-called
Fico warned against the possibility of separatists in other parts of
the world following Kosovo's example and declaring independence.
The United Nations should try and find a solution to Kosovo's situation,
he said, adding: "That is the institution which can take fundamental decisions
if some border will or will not be changed."
Slovakia is one of a handful of E.U. states which has opposed Kosovo's
independence from Serbia, party due to fears that this could set a precedent
for the country's own large ethnic Hungarian minority.
Serbia argues that Kosovo's secession violates U.N. Security Council
Resolution 1244, which was adopted at the end of Kosovo's 1998-1999 war
and put the disputed province under U.N. administration while retaining