France will recognize Kosovo, Kouchner says

Other News Materials 18 February 2008 19:57 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - France will recognize Kosovo as an independent state, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday.

Speaking after a meeting with European Union counterparts in Brussels, Kouchner said that France "intends to recognize Kosovo," but did not name a date for the recognition.

The EU remains divided on the Kosovo issue, with a majority of member states in favour of recognition, but a few, such as Spain, Cyprus and Romania, opposed to it.