Vatican refuses to recognize Kosovo

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said that Vatican will not recognize the unilaterally declared Kosovo independence and that there are no indications it will alter its stance.

“After today’s talks there are no indications of changes in that position,” Jeremic commented on Vatican’s position on Kosovo.

Jeremic went to Vatican on an official visit on Monday.

The main topic of the meeting was the fifth anniversary from the pogrom against Christian Serbs that the separatist Muslim Albanians organized 5 years ago.

The organized pogrom has killed 19 civilians, wounded 950, 900 Serbian houses were destroyed while 4,000 Serbs were forcibly expelled.

“At this moment there is not a spot in Europe where its Christian legacy is endangered more then in Kosovo and Metohia,” said Jeremic.

Jeremic met with Vatican’s deputy for foreign policy Leonard Sandri and with Cardinal Walter Casper who is the president of the Pope’s committee for enhancing unity among Christians.

Jeremic said that the talk with the Vatican touched on the case at the World Court that is to rule on illegality of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence.

The talks also focused on religious rights in Serbia.