Gitenstein: Romania and US disagree on Kosovo

Kosovo is one of the subjects on which Romania and the US have diverging positions, but it is not apt to influence Romania’s position in NATO, the new Ambassador of Washington to this country, Mark Gitenstein, told the first news conference he gave after coming to Bucharest.

This is one of the points on which the US and Romania’s Government disagree.
The American Government’s position is obviously the one to be found in the UN Resolution. I am not sure that it will influence Romania’s position in NATO as the countries can take distinct positions on foreign policy or the public policies, said Mark Gitenstein.

Kosovo proclaimed its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008 and was recognized by 54 countries, among which there were the US and most EU member states.

In an amendment adopted in early February by a vote of 281 to 229, euro-deputies encourage the EU member states that did not do it to recognize Kosovo’s independence.

Of the 27 EU member states 22 recognized Kosovo’s independence, but Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Romania refuse to do it for solidarity with Serbia or in order not to create a precedent.

Serbia requested and got the assent of the UN General Assembly for the International Court of Justice in The Hague to have its say on the lawfulness of Kosovo’s independence.

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