Ghana no longer recognizes Kosovo, a former Serbian province that proclaimed its independence in 2008, said Tuesday the number 2 of the Foreign Ministry in Accra.
« The government of Ghana has decided to no longer recognize Kosovo as an independent state, » Deputy Foreign Minister Charles Owiredu told AFP, adding that the decision has been notified to Serbia by an official letter.
« The decision of the Ghanaian government at the time must have been inspired by the quest for peace and harmony, » says the letter that AFP has been able to consult.
This is the continuation of a dirty campaign Ivica Dacic and a waste of time
Ghana has decided to reconsider its decision of 2012, considering that it was « premature » and that it was a « violation » of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, according to this letter. .
This 1999 resolution places Kosovo under international protection while considering it an integral part of Yugoslavia (successor to Serbia in international law).
In the wake of the proclamation of its independence in 2008, Kosovo has been recognized by the United States and most of the European Union countries, but not by Belgrade, Russia or China, which is closing the door of the UN.
The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed in a statement Ghana’s « important decision », recalling that it becomes « the sixteenth state (…) member of the United Nations to have withdrawn its recognition of Kosovo ».
These are mostly small countries, and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic stressed that Ghana is the biggest country to have reversed its decision on Kosovo.
« This is the result of a policy we have been conducting for several years, » he said. According to him, the decision of Ghana « will certainly encourage other countries (…) to withdraw their decision on recognition » of Kosovo.
Serbia is engaged in diplomatic guerrilla warfare to prevent the admission of Kosovo to international institutions and oppose the recognition of its independence.
For their part, the Pristina authorities claim that this country of 1.8 million inhabitants, mostly Albanians, has been recognized by 116 countries (out of 193 UN members).
The list of these countries published on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo had not been changed Tuesday at midday, Ghana was still there.
« This is the continuation of a dirty campaign Ivica Dacic and a waste of time, » told the press in Pristina Jetlir Zyberaj, an adviser to the head of Kosovar diplomacy.
A Washington envoy for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, lamented in early November, during a visit to Kosovo, « the efforts » made by Serbia to « delegitimize Kosovo ».
« His campaign to urge countries to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo and to block Kosovo’s membership of international organizations must stop, » he said.