28.04.2016

Indonesia did not recognize Kosovo despite pressures - TV Metro Indonesia

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has thanked Indonesia for not recognizing the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo despite pressures, and thus sticking to the position that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of a state, a UN member state, have to be respected and preserved.

 

JAKARTA / BELGRADE- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has thanked Indonesia for not recognizing the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo despite pressures, and thus sticking to the position that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of a state, a UN member state, have to be respected and preserved.

Nikolic, who ended his three-day visit to Indonesia on Thursday, said in an interview to Indonesia's media that the friendship of the two countries, established in 1958, had now been restored.

Speaking about the objectives of his visit, Nikolic said that he had come to Indonesia, among other things, to thank it for its principled position and support that it showed toward Serbia, and for not recognizing the independence of the so-called state of Kosovo despite all pressures.

"Indonesia is an old friend of ours, and we wanted to point to the reasons why Kosovo could never be a state. On the other hand, Indonesia is the biggest Muslim country in the world. Many have tried to present the secession of Kosovo as a religious conflict between Christians and Muslims, which is not true," Nikolic said.

He also noted that Serbia had voted for Indonesia to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020, while Indonesia voted against Kosovo's UNESCO membership.

 

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