Spain comments on Kosovo’s independence — RT World News

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says breakaway region’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia violates international law

Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 was illegal and cannot be recognized by Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday during a visit to the Albanian capital, Tirana.

As Sanchez met Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama during his Balkan tour, he said the “the unilateral declaration of independence, in the opinion of the Spanish government and with regard to the Albanian government, was a violation of international law” and so “unacceptable” to Madrid.

The Spanish prime minister also told Rama that Madrid fully supports Albania’s bid to join the European Union, citing the candidate’s words. “commitment and the reforms he made.”

His comments come after tensions erupted over the weekend on the border between Serbia and its breakaway province, officially called the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija in the Serbian constitution, which was recognized by several Western powers in 2008.

The Kosovo government planned to ban the use of Serb-issued license plates and identity papers from August 1 and was to use its police forces to enforce the measure. Belgrade officials called it an attack on the Kosovo Serb population, with President Aleksandar Vucic accusing Pristina of violating the rights of local Serbs.

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti in turn accused local Serbs of opening fire on police and said his government was facing “Serbian national-chauvinism” and “disinformation” from Belgrade.

On Sunday, Serbs in the north of the breakaway province erected roadblocks and sounded the alarm as heavily armed Kosovo special police took control of two administrative crossing points with Serbia.

The situation received a temporary resolution after Washington called on Kosovo officials to delay implementation of the controversial law until September 1. Pristina agreed, on the condition that Serbia remove the de facto border barricades. Vucic said he hoped tensions would ease and promised Belgrade would do everything in its power to preserve peace through compromise.

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