Dominica recognizes Kosovo

This photo released by Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry show Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxha

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kosovo on Tuesday confirmed that Dominica has officially recognized Kosovo as an independent state.

This brings the total number of UN Member states recognizing Kosovo to 97.

Dominica’s authorities have also sent a letter addressed to the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, confirming the official decision on the formal recognition, Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry announced in a press release on Tuesday.

“On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica it is a special pleasure to inform you that Dominica recognizes Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state. We commend the commitment of the people of Kosovo to build an independent state based on the principles of freedom and democracy,” Kosovo’s foreign ministry quoted the the letter from Dominica as saying.

Kosovo’s foreign ministry also quoted Dominican authorities as promising to open a representative office in that country.

According to the Kosovo foreign ministry press release, that country’s foreign minister, Enver Hoxha, visited Dominica twice in 2012 and met with Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roosevelt Skerrit and other representatives as his country lobbied for international recognition.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008 but Serbia has not recognized the move.  The matter was taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an opinion and in July 2010, it affirmed that Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate general principles of international law or UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

The country is located in southeastern Europe and in 2011, had a population 1,794,303, according to the World Bank.

Black arrow indicates location of Kosovo on the southern European map

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  1. Jew
    December 12, 2012

    Who Cares????????????????

  2. Truth
    December 12, 2012

    :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?: What an unstable man who holds the office of prime minister!Not recognising Taiwan,helping Chavez criticise the western countries like the U.K and the U.S,but all the way to those countries that are of little or to significance to Dominica.Check the places and the history of the places this mad man ties up with!Parents advise your children against going to study in these countries.Young people do not accept scholarships to these countries.I suspect these are the countries he can try to hide his ill-gotten gains.You can run but you can’t hide,we’ll catch you.We are just awaiting your downfall from power to act. :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?:

  3. zor toe sot
    December 12, 2012

    Very interesting move. Mr. Skeritt does not recognize Tiwan as an independent nation but now recorgnizes Kosovo. I wonder what is the gain?

    • person
      December 12, 2012

      to get his students in serbia beaten

      December 12, 2012

      Well…Let’s give our leaders the benefit of the doubt in this matter. From a geo-political perspective, the situation of Kosovo is dissimilar to that of Taiwan.

      Kosovo’s situation is closer to that of the recent vote on Palestine and what happened in the case of the other former Yugoslavian states like Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia.

      The circumstances of Taiwan are different and more political like Hong Kong was when it was handed back to the Chinese by the British in 1997, ending more than 150 years of British control based on the terms of a bilateral agreement between these two parties.

      It should be recalled that over the last 20 + years, Taiwan has been petitioning the General Assembly of the UN for recognition as an independent territory. At one time, the majority of Caribbean, African and Pacific States supported the Taiwanese application. However, in recent years the number of countries supporting the Taiwanese application has dwindled.

      In that regard, we cannot be too severe on the government for its move as much as we should be concerned over the manner in which it was done and the secrecy of the MOU to date.

      In terms of Dominica-Taiwan relationship, our government could have been a little more diplomatic in moving to China in the way that Dr Kenny Anthony of St Lucia was so skillfully able to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan but still have good relations with mainland R.O.China. This is no different to the position of the USA, which recognizes the one China policy but still maintains special relationship with Taiwan.

      In terms of what is there to gain, I do not see what is there to lose by this move.

      Roseau Valley

    • Johnson Carolyn
      December 12, 2012

      Why would he recognize Taiwan? There is no diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

    • NUTS
      December 13, 2012

      new source for passport sales so the cabal cn earn more$$$ and help animals/crininals of the Bulcans war some free movement to lunder their ill gotten gains.
      The truth offends but they have to swollow

  4. lil dv
    December 12, 2012

    hmm mr pm hope u remember you have students studyin in serbia the same country kosovo broke away from..and for those who didn’t know most of serbia’s historic land marks are located in kosovo,so many people were pushed out of the homes and can’t return :( kosovo je doe srbije!

    • Emin
      November 9, 2018

      Mr. PM. was aware of the atrocities and genocide committed upon the innocent non Serb population in the former yugoslavia, starting four wars, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. The former foreign minister of Serbia Mr. Vuk Jeremic to the case of Kosova to the International Court of Justice to prove the world that Kosova has no right to independence and proved to be the contrary. The ICJ deliberated for almost a year and they came up with a verdict stating that Kosovo has full right to independence considering the circumstances of systematic oppression for more than a century.
      Your excellency, You did just the right thing in recognizing Kosovo.

  5. south
    December 12, 2012

    don’t we have students in serbia????

    • lil dv
      December 12, 2012

      yes we do there 5 students in serbia from dominica

  6. Patience
    December 12, 2012

    Why are we opening a representative office in Kosovo? Are there dominicans living there? Are we involved in some trade with Kosovo? I fail the see the reason for the promise.
    And I really don’t understand why we recognize Kosovo and not Taiwan.

  7. Lougaoo Mem
    December 12, 2012

    Recognition from a self-serving unconstitutional leader with no vision for his people especially the youth. Where are the jobs, justice for Gon Emmanuel, nothing tangible for Grand Bay but the “Green Police Station/Jail-cell. Grand Bayrians must demonstrate and demand that the Green building be converted to a Tech school to train the youths.

    December 12, 2012

    taiwan, taiwan, taiwan, taiwan, taiwan,taiwan,taiwan, taiwan,taiwan… we could bring back production in agriculture MR. PAWPAW TREE PLANTER

    December 12, 2012

    ehben mister going far

    December 12, 2012

    ****ANOTHER OFFICE****

    “Kosovo’s foreign ministry also quoted Dominican authorities as promising to open a representative office in that country”.

    So why are we creating another office? Are we just looking for more ways to increase our budget?

    DNO can get some info from the government as to why an office in Kosovo?


  11. Jango
    December 12, 2012

    How can we recognize Kosovo and not Taiwan? What happen Taiwan not putting enough money in their pocket?

  12. strange
    December 12, 2012

    how can we benefit is the question. would this move improve or resurect the agricultural sector? whould it improve the lives of d/cans? whats in it for d/a? we do not just want to support countries but we need to know that there is a strong economic, financial and cultural benefit. D/a is a small country yet many countries are seeing the potential it holds. whether it is in the UN or in unilateral corporation d/a has a voice. So foreign minister do not let d/a be just a prostitute but more of a business partner to countries who needs our support.

    December 12, 2012

    Why not? A good international diplomatic move!

    As far back as 2008, the US and the more influential EU states recognized Kosovo as an independent nation from Serbia.

    Kosovo’s independence as a province of Serbia was inevitable. It was a vindication of the many years of wars and ethnic struggles for self-determination just like it sister states like Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro etc

    In fact, the US and EU recently made it clear to Serbia, who withdrew its ambassador from Washington when the US declared its support for Kosovo’s independence in 2008, that even though it does not formally wish to recognize Kosovo it must accept the growing global reality and resume dialogue with its former province in order to facilitate its own membership bid as a member of the EU.

    The question for Dominica is how to reconcile this decision with its relations with countries like China and Serbia, both of which do not recognize Kosovo. But I suspect that this won’t be problematic per se as increasingly countries around the world are recognizing Kosovo and establishing diplomatic relations, especially since the UN, EU and US have stopped overseeing the affairs of the country.

    Roseau valley

    • hmmm
      December 12, 2012

      what would this mean for our dominican students in serbia???

      • hmmm
        December 12, 2012

        did not mean to post it there

  14. DA/NY nurse
    December 11, 2012

    I hope it is not for self publicity and for the common good for all human being. Hugo is battling cancer. I hope he is no trying to get a placement friend if Hugo dies. What is going to happen to all the Dominicans who are studying in Venezuella if Hugo dies. We do not want a PM who travels all over the world on tax payers money and is not too fruitful. With all these travel, why are we so backward in some many mordern things?. 2013 is almost here, we do not want show, we want action.
    We want fruits of the tax payers money. This is not a joke to hold a whole country in stagnant water.

  15. South Beach FL
    December 11, 2012

    They doing all these forming ties but results are-

    -Dominica remains and will continue in the Future to Be the Poorest in the Eastern Caribbean.

    Too Many Male Fruit Trees…

    • Peeping Tom
      December 12, 2012

      I think your understanding of reality is largely different from what the reality actually is. Probably you have been reading some new papers from 1950; or you take the blogs here too seriously.

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