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The Netherlands recognises Kosovo

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has informed Kosovo that the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognises it as an independent state. He did this in a diplomatic note delivered to the new state’s government via the Dutch embassy office in the Kosovar capital, Pristina.

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen has informed Kosovo that the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognises it as an independent state. He did this in a diplomatic note delivered to the new state’s government via the Dutch embassy office in the Kosovar capital, Pristina.

After Kosovo declared independence on 17 February, the Netherlands investigated whether the declaration and draft constitution adequately protect human rights. It has concluded that the legislation enacted since then provides sufficient guarantees for the Serbs and other minorities, including their cultural and religious heritage. For example, they have been granted explicit rights in the fields of language, culture, media, religion, education and participation in politics.

It is a positive sign that the Kosovar government wants to work closely with the International Civil Representative, the Dutchman Pieter Feith. As the international community’s highest representative in the country, his work will ensure that the constitution meets all the relevant standards.

Finally, the Netherlands is pleased with the calm and responsible approach adopted by the Kosovar government since declaring independence. The Netherlands values good relations with all countries in the region, including Serbia. It will continue to work with its EU and NATO partners to strengthen stability and promote the region’s integration into Euro-Atlantic structures.

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