Bulgaria to Declare Its Position on Kosovo Independence after Monday

Bulgaria to Declare Its Position on Kosovo Independence after Monday

Bulgaria will announce its position on the Kosovo declaration of independence after the issue is discussed by the EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, BTA reports, citing the spokesman of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry Dimitar Tsontchev.

He said that the declaration of Kosovo's independence was not a surprise and Bulgaria has a position on this development. "By an agreement with our partners, this position will be announced after the new situation is discussed tomorrow in Brussels by the foreign ministers of the EUMember States," he said.

In Tsanchev's words, Bulgaria is guided "most of all by the need to preserve stability in the region and preclude escalation of tension in and around Kosovo".

He also said that Bulgaria will continue to work actively towards having a single EU position "to minimize the risks to security in Kosovo, the broader region and Europe".

According to Bulgarian MEP Evgeni Kirilov (Party of European Socialists), Bulgaria should not rush to recognize Kosovo's independence.

"The unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo hides huge risks and its recognition is expected to come over an extended period of time," he said. He believes that the only option is making Kosovo a EU protectorate until the accession of the countries in the Western Balkans.

Kirilov also said that the very delay of recognition by some nations will be an incentive for the Kosovo authorities to strictly adhere to the Ahtisaari plan, "or else they may never get full recognition of their independence".

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