Grlic Radman calls on 5 EU states to recognize Kosovo

Croatia is urging the last EU members to recognize Kosovo`s independence, said Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman, Croatian public television HRT reports.

In 2008, Kosovo declared independence, recognized by over 100 countries, including all EU members except Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Spain, and Slovakia.

Croatia encourages the other five remaining EU members to recognize Kosovo because it would contribute to the stabilization of the region and Kosovo itself, Grlic Radman told reporters.

Today, he is participating in the GLOBSEC international conference in Bratislava, where the situation in the Western Balkans will also be discussed.

The Croatian chief diplomat said three things are essential to the stability of the region: respect of the territorial integrity of states, constitutional equality of Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the establishment of mutual trust after the wars of the 1990s.

"The territorial integrity of the Balkan countries must be preserved and respected. Without restoring the borders, as we have heard in recent months with some famous non-papers circulating in that direction", said Grlić Radman.

He believes that trust can be achieved through honest conversations, resolving the fate of the missing, prosecuting war crimes, and bringing justice to the victims.

Speaking of BiH, he said the country is stuck between two political tendencies - centralism or unitarism and separatism.