Argentina won't recognize Kosovo

Published on February 21, 2008, United Press International

Category: Growing International Opposition to Imposed Solution

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Argentina will not acknowledge the independence of Kosovo for fear of the impact it could have on its own dispute with Britain over the Falklands.

However, Argentine officials said they would make no specific statement on the issue, Clarin newspaper reported Wednesday.

Earlier this week Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. Though the United States recognized the claim, several other countries did not, including Russia, China and Spain.

Argentina lost its claim to the Falkland Islands in 1982 during a short-lived war with Britain. Argentine officials still claim the British territorial islands belong to the South American country.

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