The Czech Republic’s top officials met to clear up the country’s stand on a number of a hot foreign policy issues on Thursday, voicing condemnation of the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria and rejecting President Zeman’s proposal for the Czech Republic to revoke its recognition of Kosovo as an independent state.
At a summit of the Visegrad Group states in Prague, the prime ministers of
the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary praised the outcome of
negotiations on the set-up of the new European Commission, saying the V4
had been given important portfolios and would have a strong voice in the
The Prague summit was also attended by representatives from Western Balkan states, the aim of the joint meeting being to strengthen cooperation between the two regions. The Visegrad group states approved a joint declaration stating support for the EU’s expansion to the Balkans.
Kosovo cancelled participation at the summit in reaction to President Miloš Zeman’s statement in Belgrade that he would try to persuade Czech top officials to retract the country’s recognition of an independent Kosovo.
Prime Minister Babiš said at a press briefing after the talks that he saw no reason to change the Czech Republic’s position on Kosovo, although he was open to debating the matter with the president.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček says he sees no reason for a debate on
renouncing the Czech Republic’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence.
He says that such a shift would not be in the interests of Czech security
and the readability of Czech foreign policy. However, he says he will
gladly talk with the president about his opinion.
The statement was given to the Czech News Agency on Wednesday, after President Miloš Zeman said that he wants to discuss the possibility of renouncing the Czech recognition of an independent Kosovo at his next meeting with Czech top officials.
Kosovo has cancelled its planned participation in Thursday’s Visegrad
Four and Western Balkans summit in Prague, according to the Czech News
Agency which quotes diplomatic sources. The move was made in reaction to
President Miloš Zeman’s words earlier on Wednesday, where he said that
he wants to discuss the possibility of renouncing the Czech recognition of
an independent Kosovo at his next meeting with Czech top officials. Czech
News Agency sources say that there are currently no confirmed guests from
Kosovo for the Thursday meeting of prime ministers. However, discussions
are still ongoing about whether the country will be represented on some
level at least.
The Czech Republic has maintained diplomatic relations with Kosovo since 2008.
President Miloš Zeman wants to discuss the possibility of renouncing the
Czech recognition of an independent Kosovo with Czech top officials. He
says that Kosovo does not belong to the community of democratic states
because it is led by war criminals. The statements were made by the
president at a press conference on Wednesday, which he attended after
meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić.
President Zeman’s strong words follow up on his statement yesterday, where he is reported to have said that he likes the Serbs and Serbia but he does not like Kosovo.
Earlier on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček reacted to the president’s words by saying that the Czech Republic has good relations with both Kosovo and Serbia.
Police in Kosovo arrested eight Czech soccer fans ahead of Saturday's
2020 European Championship qualifier between Kosovo and the Czech Republic.
Michal Jurman, spokesman for the Czech Soccer Association, confirmed the news saying the six men and two women arrested on Friday night near the Kosovo capital of Pristina were allegedly planning to fly a drone with a pro-Serbia banner reading "Kosovo is Serbia," during the game.
Police reportedly seized the drone as well as two walkie-talkies, fireworks and six knifes. The Czech Foreign Ministry said all eight people, one of whom also has Serbian citizenship, were released early Saturday.
The Czech Soccer Association issued a statement slamming unruly behaviour on sports stadiums and rejecting attempts to link sport with politics.
You’ll find them in Kosovo, Ukraine, Afghanistan or Iraq – Czech experts have been involved in civilian missions the world over for 15 years now. They help in war-torn countries and countries struggling to make a transition to democracy as the Czechs themselves did more than 25 years ago. The Czech Foreign Ministry recently organized a conference to mark 15 years of the country’s participation in civilian missions, assess the contribution made and chart a strategy for the future. Petr Gajdušek, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
The Constitutional Court has ruled that holding a Kosovo family in a detention centre for foreigners in 2014 was in violation of their basic human rights. According to the court’s ruling, placing the family in the facility for refugees was unnecessary and excessive. The man and his two children, aged three and six, were detained in Hungary where they applied for asylum, but later left the country to try to get to Germany. The Czech police arrested them at a train station in Břeclav and placed them in a detention facility in Bělá-Jezová in Central Bohemia.
Albania has extradited a fugitive Kosovo Albanian who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the Czech Republic for murdering his compatriot in Prague in 1997, the Ministry of Justice announced on Tuesday. The shooting was part of a blood feud between two family clans. Shukri Hoti, who was reportedly a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, shot a member of another family, Hilmi Xaja, from a car in the centre of Prague. The two families reconciled in Kosovo in May 1998 in a ceremony attended by 500 people.