Slovakia not to recognize independent Kosovo for time being

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

(dpa) -   Slovakia is not to recognize independent Kosovo as long as its status contradicts principals of international law, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico told reporters Wednesday.

"I consider it a grave mistake that...is causing great tensions," CTK news agency cited Fico as saying about Kosovo's decision to unilaterally declare independence on Sunday.

Slovakia could change its mind after "relevant international institutions" issue their positions on the matter, he said.

Slovakia, a central European country of some 5 million with an estimated one tenth of population being ethnic Hungarian, belongs among the critics of Kosovo's decision to unilaterally split from Serbia.

"Let's have in mind Serbian interests as well," SITA news agency quoted the premier as saying.