Azerbaijan Not in Hurry to Recognize Kosovo’s Independence

Politics Materials 15 February 2008 18:22 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijan Not in Hurry to Recognize Kosovo’s   Independence

Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 February / Тrend News corr S. Agayeva, K. Ramazanova / " Azerbaijan should not hurry to recognize Kosovo's independence. Nobody can force us to do that. We have to wait for the reaction of the international community," the independent Azerbaijani political scientist Rasim Musabeyov said to Trend on 15 February.

On 15 February, the Kosovo Parliament approved of the resolution allowing the passing of a set of laws on Kosovo's independence within 24 hours.

Since 1999 Kosovo region, which is formally a part of Serbia, has been controlled by the UN. Kosovo strives for independence, but Serbia offers only the status of autonomic region. The EU and USA are ready to recognize Kosovo's independence, while Russia supports the position of Belgrade.

" Azerbaijan should wait a little, before recognizing the independence of Kosovo. The reaction of the International community and Serbia is important," Musabeyov said.

Recognition of Kosovo's independence cannot be a precedent for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Khazar Ibrahim said to Trend. "The countries that are saying that they are ready to recognize the independence of Kosovo, at the same time recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and do not consider Kosovo to be a precedent for the other conflicts," he said.

Kosovo's independence is inadmissible for Azerbaijan, a member of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Aydin Mirzazade said. "The Kosovo Parliament hurried while declaring the independence of the region, which is why it is opposed by the powers such as Russia and China. The recognition process may be come to a grief," he said.

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