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European Parliament calls for recognition of Kosovo's independence

MEPs called on countries that have not recognized Kosovo to do so

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The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday adopted with 43 votes in favor, nine against and five abstentions its Kosovo report reaffirming unequivocal support for the EU-mediated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and reiterating the importance of reaching a comprehensive, legally binding agreement on normalization as the key for progress of both sides on the EU path, but also for regional stability and prosperity.

MEPs praise Kosovo's increased political stability and welcome Kosovo's alignment with the EU on sanctions against Russia and Pristina's strong solidarity with Ukraine.

Through the report, MEPs stress that Kosovo's independence is "irreversible" and call on EU countries that have not yet recognized Kosovo to do so immediately.

"Kosovo has continuously demonstrated its commitment to advancing EU-related reforms and has positioned itself as a very reliable partner, deeply rooted in the European and Transatlantic alliance. Unfortunately, the European Union has failed to deliver on its promise to provide visa-free travel to Kosovo citizens. I hope that this will be the last report that mentions this failure," said the EP rapporteur for Kosovo, Viola von Cramon.

She directly called on France and the Netherlands to adopt decisions regarding visa liberalization for citizens of Kosovo and Metohija.


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