Latvia establishes diplomatic relations with Kosovo

11 Jun 2008

On 10 June, through the exchange of notes, Latvia has established diplomatic relations with Kosovo. The Government of Latvia recognised the independence of Kosovo on 20 February 2008, on the basis of the conclusions adopted by the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) and the Kosovo declaration of independence.

"The establishment of diplomatic relations is a crucial step to the further co-operation between Latvia and Kosovo. Depending on the needs identified by Kosovo, Latvia is ready to share its experience in order to facilitate Kosovo's development towards its Europeisation", states Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins.    

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia also stresses the significance of Latvia's involvement in both the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo), the key objective of which is to assist Kosovan public administration, courts, and law enforcement bodies, and in the International Steering Group for Kosovo, which was joined by Latvia on 19 May.   

The Foreign Ministry expresses its stance that a gradual and democratic development of Kosovo would guarantee security and stability in the Western Balkans.

Another issue on the agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the nominating of a Latvian Ambassador to Kosovo. 

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