Finland, Denmark preparing to recognise Kosovo

Other News Materials 18 February 2008 20:54 (UTC +04:00)

(www.eubusiness.com) - Finland and Denmark are preparing to recognise Kosovo as an independent state, the Finnish foreign ministry and Danish news reports said Monday.

"We are starting preparations" for the recognition of Kosovo, which proclaimed its independence from Serbia on Sunday, Finnish foreign ministry spokesman Juha Kirstilae told AFP by telephone from Brussels.

"The process will probably take a few weeks," he added.

Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller meanwhile told Danish news agency Ritzau in Brussels that his country, along with 12 to 15 other European Union states, planned to recognise Kosovo's independence on Thursday or Friday.