TOKYO, January 9 (Itar-Tass) - Kosova’s incoming Prime Minister Hashim Thaci believes that Kosova would unilaterally announce its independence from Serbia already in the first half of February.
It is expected that later on Wednesday Kosova’s parliament will approve a new Cabinet led by Thaci, who heads the Democratic Party. This party won the elections last November.
“We cannot drag feet with independence any longer,” he said in an interview with Japan’s Asahi Shimbun daily published on Wednesday.
“This will happen during four-five weeks. Our government seeks independence as a democratic sovereign state on the basis of full coordination of actions with the United States and the European Union. The U.S. and the EU member-states will immediately recognize our independence. The number of such states is likely to be considerable,” Thaci said.
Kosova’s new prime minister declined a presupposition that the announcement of Kosova’ independence will bring about chaos in the region.
“On the contrary, this will contribute to stability on the Balkans. We would like to seek good relations with Serbia, too,” he said.
The West wants Kosovo to wait until after a presidential election in Serbia on Jan. 20, pitting pro-Western incumbent Boris Tadic against an ultranationalist in a closely-fought race likely to run to a second round on Feb. 3.
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