The Netherlands recognises independent Kosovo

4th March 2008, Comments 4 comments

The Netherlands recognises an independent Kosovo, a spokesman for Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said Tuesday.

4 March 2008

AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands recognises an independent Kosovo, a spokesman for Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said Tuesday after the Dutch embassy in Pristina had informed the Kosovar government of the decision.

Verhagen, a member of the Christian Democrats party, said the Dutch government decided to recognise Kosovo's independence during the weekly governmental meeting last Friday.

The Netherlands had hesitated before recognising Kosovo's independence declared on 17 February.

Speaking to Dutch media, Verhagen said the government had first wanted to see how Kosovo would treat the Serbs and other minorities, and how they would deal with their cultural and religious heritage.

He added the Dutch also wanted to know whether Kosovo would behave "responsibly" and "calmly".

Verhagen said the Dutch were pleased with their observations so far. The International Civil Representative Pieter Feith, a Dutch national, had said the government in Kosovo was cooperating.

Recognising Kosovo would improve regional stability, he noted.

Last month, only the Netherlands and Belgium voted against admitting Serbia to the EU until it transfers all war crimes suspects to the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

4 Comments To This Article

  • bluerose799 posted:

    on 23rd March 2008, 16:45:33 - Reply

    Tito's Yugoslavia
  • bluerose799 posted:

    on 15th March 2008, 14:20:53 - Reply

    Tito's Yugoslavia
  • bluerose799 posted:

    on 15th March 2008, 13:54:55 - Reply

    More than four IIIyrian Entities compose Albania.
    All of them speaks Illyrian language but with different dialects. Three first has a very distinct Illyrian dialect named GEGE and the rest has another Illyrian dialect named TOSKE.
    On 1912 they united in one single state and agreed to be named Eagle’s Land. SHQIPERIA.
    The foreign “SKOLARS” named Albania based on the name of only one of the Entities.
    This was not only Ignorance but also a big mistake of these “very educated Scholars“.
    The situation then was so critical for SHQIPETARET, so they accepted any injustice and compromise. This was the big price they pay to gain the independence. Of course many other Illyrian entities was ignored. This has been done in purpose to use Illyrian territories as a trade merchandise to please slavics, which in return were used in two wars. The Slavics paid their price. They lost 56 million people 1908 – 1946. Illyrian paid bigger price. They were spread over 5 different states.
    It's about time to recognize the historical right of Kosova (Dardania) to have its destiny fulfilled-That is full independence. Kosova never was a Serbian province. It was there, since the times of birth of European civilization, a very distinct Dardanian/llyrian identity. Always populated by Dardanias who, although under constant pressure of forcefully migration by Serbian shovinism, Tito's Yugoslavia
  • Albrecht posted:

    on 5th March 2008, 03:35:56 - Reply

    they recognised the 'independent' state of Kosovo (really an Islamic Albanian state now) because they hope to appease the militant Muslims currently living in the Netherlands and those who have declared 'jihad' on Dutch troops in foreign lands. This is also why the government has protested the various movies, articles, and events showing the true face of Islam and the threat to Western liberal democratic institutions. They hope to APPEASE the Islamic radicals without the realisation that you cannot appease people like this. Apparently nothing was learned from the experience of German national socialism....