Coalition split over Kosovo

SLOVAKIA’S ruling parties have different opinions on the future of Kosovo. While the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS) is strongly against independence for the Serbian province, the country’s diplomatic corps is leaning towards supporting independence for Kosovo as suggested by UN plenipotentiary Marti Ahtisaari.

The SNS, however, is standing firm.

“It is unthinkable that a national minority has the right to its own state,” said SNS leader Ján Slota, according to the Pravda daily.

Slota argued that Slovakia could find itself in a similar situation in the future with its own Hungarian ethnic minority.

But Pál Csáky, the deputy chairman of the opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), denied that the resolution of the Kosovo issue could create a precedent for the SMK.

The SMK is the only opposition party in Slovakia that has no objection to the creation of an independent Kosovo. The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union and the Christian Democratic Movement say they are against independence for Kosovo unless it has the support of Belgrade. The Christian Democrats are also demanding that Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš resign over his claim that Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic told him that the results of the Serbian referendum on independence for Kosovo had been falsified.

Smer’s Boris Zala said that despite the risks of the model proposed by Ahtisaari – which foresees limited independence for Kosovo – Smer supports this solution.

However, Slovak President Ivan Gašaparovič said it would be best to delay any decision on Kosovo, arguing that Ahtisaari’s proposal was disadvantageous for Serbs.

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