BELGRADE – Following the news of Surinam’s recognition of Kosovo, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said it was a consequence of the great pressure the sponsors of Kosovo’s independence were exerting on countries that had not recognised it, in particular after their defeat in UNESCO.

“All countries that do this must be aware it is an act against the territorial integrity of Serbia, which also jeopardises the Brussels dialogue. What matters the most here is not Surinam, but the fact that certain influential countries are exerting enormous pressure behind Serbia’s back towards recognitions of Kosovo. This will certainly have an impact on our bilateral relations with those countries,” Dacic said in a press release.

Once again, the Kosovo authorities could not do “without lies” because Surinam is the 106th country to recognise Kosovo, rather than the 111th, as Pristina is saying, Dacic added.

“The Government of the Republic of Serbia will continue its principled policy of being prepared to resolve all open issues through dialogue but never recognising the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, because that is deeply contrary to international law,” Dacic noted.