World Bulletin / News Desk
Kosovo's Prime Minister Isa Mustafa has said Serbia's campaign to prevent his country’s membership of UNESCO will negatively affect dialogue between the two states.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency in an interview on Friday, Mustafa evaluated the dialogue process between Pristina and Belgrade, and the latest developments in the Western Balkans.
"Serbia abuses and exploits the dialogue. They tried to convince the other countries to vote against our membership of UNESCO. The question of UNESCO is not a question of dialogue, because we do not have to get permission from Serbia if we want to join in UNESCO," he said.
Mustafa also stressed that like any other member country Serbia has only one vote in in UNESCO. "Unfortunately [they] succeeded in mobilizing a number of countries with the full support of Russia and some other, mostly non-democratic, countries, so that Kosovo does not receive a two-thirds majority vote."
On November 9 Kosovo lost the membership bid when it failed to gain a two-thirds majority. Out of the 142 countries that voted, 92 were in favor, 50 against, while 29 abstained. The country needed at least 95 votes to become a member.
Kosovo has been recognized by 111 countries since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but its bid to become a full United Nations member has been blocked by Russia, Serbia's close ally.
According to Mustafa, Kosovo did a good job in winning 92 votes from countries" including the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and France as well as Turkey.