Borrell stresses that Spain will not recognize Kosovo "because the IOC says so" - La Provincia

Borrell stresses that Spain will not recognize Kosovo "because the IOC says so" - La Provincia


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, has assured this Monday that Spain will not change its position of not recognizing Kosovo because it is required by members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after the dispute with the Kosovar delegation in the Karate World Championship held in Madrid.

In an interview on Onda Cero, collected by Europa Press, has refused to deny visas to athletes from that country, adding that these are accusations that "have no basis". At the same time, it has shown that Spain will not change its position of not recognizing Kosovo due to pressures from the IOC.

"We are not going to accept that a general director of the International Olympic Committee tells us that we have to recognize Kosovo, but who do you think he is?", Borrell questioned, in response to the IOC's senior official Pere Miró, who pointed out that Spain would have difficulty organizing sports events if it maintained its position.

"The international policy of Spain is not dictated by the IOC", the minister stressed. Last week IOC officials threatened to exclude Spain from the organization of international sporting events if it did not recognize the Balkan country, which became independent from Serbia in 2008 unilaterally.

Borrell explained that Spain does not recognize Kosovo as well as neither does it with Gibraltar and this "has consequences". But he wanted to put in perspective the position of Spain, noting that neither Russia, China or India recognize the independence of the Balkan country and wondered if the warning sent to Madrid has also moved to Moscow, Beijing or New Delhi.

The IOC, as well as the vast majority of international federations, admitted Kosovo in 2014, but it is not the case of Spain. In fact, after the crisis for the Karate World Cup, Foreign Affairs raised a formal complaint to the IOC on the issue of visas to Kosovar athletes.

If Serbia recognizes Kosovo

Asked if the position of the Government of Spain can change if there is a recognition by Serbia, Borrell has pointed out that in that case, it would no longer be a unilateral independence.

"We are not more papists than the pope," said the Foreign Minister, understanding that the Executive would open up to admit Kosovo if Belgrade recognizes its independence.

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