Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia made headlines across Slovakia over the weekend.
The Sme daily reported on the weekend’s events, stating that the US and several European countries plan to officially recognise the former Serbian province today.
The daily also features the reaction of Slovak Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš. Unlike most EU countries, Slovakia has refused to support the province’s bid for independence and will not establish diplomatic contacts with it.
"There will be a practical cooperation,” Kubiš said. “As far as passports are concerned, we will have to cope with some problems.”
Kubiš called the situation a "mixed status", during which the Slovak liaison office in Pristina will continue working. He also reminded the media that Slovakia is not alone in its position, even among EU countries.
The Slovak Foreign Ministry supports beginning the EU mission in Kosovo as soon as possible and wants to contribute five Slovaks, he added. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Feb 2008 at 16:30