Kosovo Seeks more International Recognition

Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Behgjet Pacolli, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, has started a diplomatic tour in Asia in pursuit of seeking support for his country’s international recognition.

Sources related to his office said Pacolli will take part in the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on 5 and 6 May in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Organization for Islamic Cooperation, mainly known as OIC was founded in 1969 as a form of “collective voice of the Muslim world”.

The organization comprises of 57 countries that have Muslim majority population.

Among the 57-member states of OIC, only 36 states recognize Kosovo, an ethnic Albanian former Serbian province, as an independent country.

Mr. Pacolli will seek to increase international support through the member states of OIC in his Asia tour.

Mr. Pacolli’s adviser Jetlir Zyberaj told BIRN in an interview: “The participation in the conference of the Council of Foreign Ministers for Islamic Cooperation and official visits to other countries in this continent is of a special importance.”

“We do not see any obstacles to the rest of the non-recognizing states of this organization moving towards de facto recognition of the Republic of Kosovo.”

Mr. Zyberaj added the OIC “has 57-member states and with all the support and the sympathy that those states have for our country, a considerable number of them still do not recognize the independence of Kosovo.

“We do not see any obstacles to the rest of the non-recognizing states of this organization moving towards de facto recognition of the Republic of Kosovo.”

Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Pacolli will meet the foreign ministers of the OIC member states that have not recognized the country yet.

Mr. Pacolli is working on having more international support and recognition by this year. Pacolli said in an interview in March: “Recognitions from big states that we are working on, I can’t say that it will happen within one or two months, but these are targets that should happen this year,”

According to the Foreign Ministry of Kosovo, so far 116 countries recognize Kosovo as an independent country.


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