Albania's premier urges Serbia to recognize breakaway Kosovo

AP News
Posted: Jul 25, 2017 10:01 AM

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister is urging Serbia to recognize Kosovo as a separate country, saying the acknowledgement would help stabilize the Balkan region.

Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that Serbia's recognition of Kosovo's independence was "the clear solution from the darkness of the tunnel to the light of coming out of it."

Rama was reacting to an op-ed article by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic published Monday. Vucic urged a lasting solution for Kosovo, a former province of Serbia which has been a source of tensions in the once war-torn Balkans.

Rama also urged Kosovo and Serbia to continue European Union-mediated talks.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Its nationhood is recognized by 114 countries, including the United States and most EU countries, but not Serbia.