Greece is not changing its position and will not recognize Kosovo, says Greek Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Giorgos Diakofotakis and points out that there is no pressure on Greece to do so.
“During his recent visit to Belgrade, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, reiterated that Greece’s position remains unchanged and that it does not intend to recognize the independence of Kosovo,” the ambassador said in interview for Tanjug when asked if Pristina’s expectations that Greece would be the first of the remaining EU members to recognize Kosovo, were justified.
On the occasion of Pristina’s increased diplomatic activities in talks with Greek officials aimed at the recognition of Kosovo, he said that Athens maintains good relations with the authorities in Pristina, especially in the field of economy and trade, as well as that it cooperates within regional organizations in Southeast Europe.
When asked if he was aware of the earlier statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Provisional Pristina Institutions, Donika Gervalla-Schwarz, that there is a possibility that the five EU members will collectively recognize the independence of Kosovo, and that Athens will be the first.
“Pressure on Greece to recognize Kosovo doesn’t really exist,” noted ambassador Diakofotakis.