Romania Holds Firm on Non-Recognition of Kosovo’s Independence

Flag of Republic of Kosovo, cropped.
Republic of Kosovo flag. Photo: Public domain.

Bucharest – Romania’s refusal to recognize Kosovo’s independence has once again come into the spotlight following a controversial incident during a football match between Romania and Kosovo on September 12. The game was halted for almost 45 minutes after Romanian fans displayed a banner proclaiming “Kosovo is Serbia” and chanted the slogan, leading to the away team’s departure from the pitch in the 18th minute. The incident resulted in UEFA’s decision to bar the general public from Romania’s match with Andorra on October 15, allowing only children under 14 to attend. Additionally, the Romanian Football Federation was fined 52,000 euros.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Romania clarified its position to Romanian newspaper Adevărul, stating that the non-recognition stems from Kosovo’s method of declaring independence, which Romania believes did not adhere to international law norms and violated UN Security Council Resolution no. 1244/1999. This stance, solidified in a Romanian Parliament declaration and a Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT) meeting on February 18, 2008, remains unaltered.

Kosovo independence remains a delicate topic for Romania, intertwined with its commitment to international law and its historical relationship with Serbia. The recent football match incident and the subsequent reactions underscore the enduring complexities surrounding Kosovo’s status in the international arena, reflecting the intricacies of regional geopolitics in the Balkans.

The historical context further underscores the sensitivity of the Kosovo issue for Romania. Romania and Serbia share a long-standing relationship, marked by mutual support on significant regional matters. The two countries have historically aligned themselves on various geopolitical issues, reinforcing their diplomatic and regional ties.

Source/s: Adevărul

Image source: Public Domain

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