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15 Nov 12 Kosovo Awaiting 94th Independence Recognition

Foreign Ministry says it is awaiting a verbal note from Saint Kitts and Nevis to confirm recognition of its independence.

Fatmir Aliu BIRN Pristina

Kosovo’s government has received signals from the Saint Kitts and Nevis government that it will soon recognize Kosovo’s independence, sources told BIRN.

Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj was in touch on Wednesday with his counterpart in the small Caribbean state, sources said.

Artan Behrami, a ministry spokesperson, told BIRN that the recognition note had not been received yet and “We can’t confirm anything.

“Nevertheless, we can say that during this month we expect to receive two recognitions,” he added.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, but Serbia has said it will never recognise the statehood of its former province.

Since then, 93 states, including 22 EU member states and the US, have recognized the country.

The latest countries to recognize Kosovo were East Timor on November 7 and Papua New Guinea, on October 3.

Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas with 50,726 inhabitants living on 261 square kilometres.

Hoxhaj met Foreign Minister Sam Condor at the last session of UN Security Council debate on Kosovo, and since then the Kosovo Minister has twice visited the capital, Basseterre, to lobby for recognition.

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