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MPs Hesitant to Recognize Kosovo’s Independence

Representatives of every political party on Althingi’s foreign affairs committee believe it is wise not to rush into acknowledging Kosovo’s independence, which Kosovo-Albanians are likely to declare soon.

Bjarni Benediktsson, MP for the Independence Party and head of the committee, said it is sensible to be careful in this matter since an agreement has not yet been reached in negotiations between Serbs and Albanians, Morgunbladid reports.

MP and committee representative for the Social Democrats, Árni Páll Árnason, agrees. He said it is difficult to foresee what kind of trouble an independence declaration from Kosovo-Albanians could have for Europe and the Balkans in particular.

“The international community has to be involved,” Árnason said. “The situation there is complicated and people shouldn’t take advantage of the situation to look like heroes back here in Iceland.”

Iceland was the first country to recognize the independence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from the USSR and the first country to recognize Montenegro’s independence from its former union with Serbia.

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