Turkey has decided to recognize the independence of the Republic of Kosovo.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Şubat 2008, 00:31
Turkish Foreign Minister & Chief Negotiator for the EU talks Ali Babacan released a written statement and recalled that the Assembly of Kosovo had declared independence of Kosovo on February 17th, 2008 and made an appeal to all countries of the world for the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo.
Babacan said, "the Republic of Turkey has welcomed the content and elements of the decleration of Independence, and with this understanding, has decided to recognize the independence of the Republic of Kosovo. Securing peace and stability in the Balkans is one of Turkey's foreign policy priorities. Turkey believes it is important that the understanding of lasting peace prevail in the Balkans which has suffered immensely in recent years. Turkey hopes that the independence of Kosovo will present an opportunity for the enhancement of stability and confidence among the countries in the region."
In the statement, Babacan said, "Serbia has a significant role and responsibility in the future of the Balkans. Turkey attaches importance to improving its relations and cooperation with Serbia, both at bilateral and regional levels. Turkey believes that rule of law and the universal values of human rights, democracy and pluralism should be promoted in Kosovo. Turkey is also of the opinion that creating an atmosphere of mutual confidence and cooperation between Kosovo and her neighbors is essential. Turkey believes that its long-established historical, cultural and human ties with Kosovo will be further strengthened. Turkey will continue its assistance and contributions for the development of Kosovo."