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28 March 2014

Serbian Gov't Moves to Eliminate Confusion Caused by Obama Statement on Kosovo Independence

Coming a day after U.S. President Barack Obama said, " . . . Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organized not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbors. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea," the Serbian government is pushing back against the claim.

In a report published by Tanjug, Serbia's state-run news agency, the government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija released a statement that read in part:

"The Office for Kosovo and Metohija, without intending to be included in the debate on the nature of the great powers of international law, wants to eliminate the confusion caused regarding the declaration of Kosovo and Metohija, in the context of the Crimea.

"The so-called session of the Assembly of Kosovo, which was not preceded by any referendum voting of the citizens of Kosovo and Metohija unilaterally declared the independence of Kosovo 17 February 2008. The UN, the OSCE, nor any other international organization has not participated in the Kosovo Declaration of Independence," the Serbian Office for Kosovo and Metohija statement continues.

While the United States recognizes Kosovo's independence, other countries such as China, Russia, and Spain do not. In addition, Kosovo is not a member of the United Nations.

Three international scholars fact checked Obama's statement that Kosovo held a referendum on independence under the supervision of the United Nations, and all said the American President was incredibly wrong.

Daniel Hamilton, a Britain-based Balkans expert, had this to say:

"It’s no secret that Balkan geopolitics is a complex and confusing game – but one would hope the White House speechwriters would check their facts before presenting the President of the United States with bogus information."