Saturday, September 18

Why doesn’t Spain recognize Kosovo?



Kosovo It is a territory of the area of ​​the Balkans on Serbia, which is recognized by some countries as United States, United Kingdom or Japann, while others like Russia or China they reject it.

The position of Spain it is contrary to consider Kosovo as a independent territory of Serbia. The reason they do not recognize it as a state is because they have taken the unilateral declaration of independence (DUI) in 2008, without the consent or agreement with Serbia, as the international community also bet.

Neither the Government of Zapatero, nor Rajoy nor that of Pedro Sánchez have wanted to accept Kosovo as an independent country and they hope that there is an agreement with Serbia.

Kosovo’s independence was brought about by the 1998 war in that area. The conflict ended with the military withdrawal from Serbia, at that time Yugoslavia, and the creation of an autonomous UN administration, the so-called United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

In 2001, this body handed over part of the government to the community albanakosovar and at the end of the year the first elections were held. Serbia still considered Kosovo part of its territory, but the Kosovars bet on independence.

Thus, on February 17, 2008, the Parliament of the Serbian province of Kosovo proclaimed independence unilaterally. A day later, the National Assembly of Serbia approved a resolution that annulled the declaration, in addition to emphasizing that it was an illegal act and not contemplated by the statutes of the United Nations.

The Spanish team and the matches against Kosovo

The Spanish soccer team it has had to face the Kosovo in the qualifying matches of the Qatar World Cup 2022. There was discontent in the Federation, since it implied having to use the flag and the anthem of the territory.

On the other hand, experts point out that playing against the national team does not imply that Spain recognizes the country. In the same vein, the former Foreign Minister, González Laya, who said that “Spain did not recognize it as an independent state” and stressed the presence of Greece in the group, another country that does not recognize Kosovo as an independent state either.

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