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Kosovo recognition clouds friendship, Czech Pres

Nov 3, 2008

Czech President Vaclav Klaus says that the traditional friendship between the Czech and Serbia people has been tainted because the Czech government has recognized Kosovo as an independent state.

Despite recognition, Klaus said that his country will do utmost during its EU presidency to speed up Serbia’s membership into EU.

“Serbia must be ready to knock on the EU door for a long time, and Czechs know how uncomfortable that is, and that is why we will work to shorten the membership process for Serbia then it was for us,” said Klaus.

Serbian President Tadic said that for Serbia, recognition of Kosovo was as painful as was the unwinding of the question of Sudetanland for the Czech when the country lost its territory.

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