Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic, responded to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers’ approval of Kosovo’s membership application.
Dacic made a statement to the Serbian press regarding Kosovo’s application to join the Council of Europe.
Defending that the approval of the application is a “disgrace”, Dacic said that this process would also harm the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.
Expressing that Serbia’s representatives left the hall after the vote, Dacic said, “This decision certainly represents the ‘twilight’ of the Charter of the Council of Europe, because it is the first time that a claim has been made in favor of a state and non-state territory recognized by the United Nations.” He said.
Noting that the countries that voted against the vote were friends of Serbia, Dacic assessed the decision of Greece, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which abstained, as a “disappointment”.
Ivica Dacic stated that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s abstention was “ridiculous”, and said: “Imagine that Republika Srpska (of the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina) applied for membership. This is utter impudence. On the one hand, they teach us that we affect the territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.” They are directly involved in the destruction of Serbia’s territorial integrity. Use phrases.
The first stage of Kosovo’s application for membership in the Council of Europe has been completed
Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora announced today that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has approved Kosovo’s application to join the Council and referred it to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The statement indicated that the decision was taken by more than two-thirds of the votes of the member states, and this positive decision came after long and hard work and close cooperation with the member states of the Council of Europe and other allies. The Republic of Kosovo is very grateful to all the countries that voted in the Committee of Ministers and helped other countries vote in the affirmative.” Remarks were made.
The statement also stated that the next step in the process of Kosovo’s membership in the Council is to prepare an opinion on Kosovo’s application for party membership by PACE and submit that opinion to the Committee of Ministers which will make the final decision on membership.
Kosovo is supported by 33 out of 46 members
Spain, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus, Hungary and Azerbaijan voted against Kosovo’s application for membership of the Council of Europe.
Greece, Slovakia, Moldova, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina abstained, while Germany, Andorra, Albania, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Croatia, the Netherlands, Iceland, Ireland and Italy abstained. The application was supported by Sweden, Switzerland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia and Turkey.
Armenia did not participate in the vote.
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