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Estonia Supports Kosovo in Building Up State

30.05.2011

No. 195-E

During his meeting in Tallinn today with Minister for European Integration of Kosovo Vlora Citaku, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia supports Kosovo’s efforts to build up its country, move towards the European Union, and develop international relations.

Paet said that Kosovo has been given a clear European Union goal, but they have a lot of work to do in developing the state structure and strengthening the legal system. “Without a strong and functioning rule of law state, Kosovo cannot move towards the European Union. Starting a visa dialogue with the European Union also requires for homework to be done first. Estonia can provide Kosovo with help in this area by sharing its own experiences and expertise,” he stated.

The Estonian foreign minister added that through various international missions and bilateral projects, Estonia has contributed to the development of a democratic Kosovo with an open economy, administrative sustainability, respect for human rights, and a functioning civil society.

Minister for European Integration of Kosovo Vlora Citaku gave Foreign Minister Paet an overview of recent developments in Kosovo’s domestic and foreign policy, the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue that began in the spring, which should help to resolve many of the everyday issues there, and the situation in the Western Balkans in general. Citaku also added that Estonia is a good example for Kosovo in its European Union integration.

Paet stated that Kosovo and Serbia searching for co-operation opportunities together is extremely important for both Kosovo’s further development and its movement towards the European Union. At the meeting they also addressed Estonia’s support for Kosovo’s development. Estonia and Kosovo have good bilateral relations. Estonia recognised Kosovo’s independence in February of 2008. Estonia’s new ambassador to Kosovo Eve-Külli Kala presented her credentials in March of this year and Estonia is currently awaiting the appointment of an ambassador from Kosovo.

There are currently over ten Estonian experts working in Kosovo, of whom eight are in the European Union civil mission EULEX. There is also one staff officer in KFOR and a few specialists in other international organisations.

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