Serbia recalls envoys from nations recognizing Kosovo independence
UN: Serbia is recalling its ambassadors for consultations from the
countries recognizing the self-proclaimed independence of Kosovo,
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said here Monday.
"Whoever decides to trample on international laws and brutalize and
trample on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of
Serbia cannot continue having normal relations with our friendly,
peaceful and democratic nation," Jeremic said after attending the UN
Security Council emergency session on Kosovo.
Regretting that the Security Council could not come to a conclusion
on the Kosovo issue, the foreign minister said, "Serbia is going to
fight, tooth and nail, diplomatically and politically in each and every
international forum" for its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Serbia found it "deeply regrettable" that some founding members of
the United Nations, some powerful nations, were deciding to trample on
international law and order on this very day, he said.
In Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica told a special
parliamentary session Monday that the government has instructed its
ambassador to the United States Ivan Vujacic to return home immediately.
The move was in protest against the U.S. decision to recognize
Kosovo's independence, and was the first in what is set to be a series
of recalls of diplomats from countries who follow America's suit,
according to the prime minister.
In another development Monday, the Serbian Parliament voted 225 out
of 234 at a special session in favor of the government resolution to
annul the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo.
Kosovo, a southern autonomous province within Serbia before the
breakup of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, unilaterally declared
independence from Serbia Sunday.
New York, Tuesday, Xinhua