BELGRADE – The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday handed a note of protest to Slovenia’s Ambassador Vladimir Gasparic following Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s recent call to recognise the independence of so-called Kosovo.

Backing its membership in international organisations and integrations, Pahor made the statement during a June 6-7 visit to Ljubljana by Hasim Taci.

The protest note was handed to Gasparic by acting Assistant Foreign Minister Goran Aleksic, the ministry said in a press release.

The statement is not the first time Slovenian officials have called for a recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of so-called Kosovo, jeopardising Serbia’s priority interests, the release said.

Statements by Slovenian officials regarding the unilaterally declared independence of so-called Kosovo are essentially undermining the efforts Serbia and the EU are investing in the status-neutral dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, the only legitimate framework for achieving stability in Kosovo-Metohija, the release also said.

Slovenia was urged to refrain from such or similar statements, which are directly detrimental to bilateral relations and the trust between the two countries, the Serbian ministry said.