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Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Norway is now studying the declaration issued by the authorities in Kosovo. The Government has noted the statement made by EU foreign ministers today and which will form a common platform for how the various EU Member States conduct their relations with Kosovo. Norway is maintaining close contact with other European countries, particularly with like-minded Nordic countries.

Norway is now studying the declaration issued by the authorities in Kosovo. The Government has noted the statement made by EU foreign ministers today and which will form a common platform for how the various EU Member States conduct their relations with Kosovo. Norway is maintaining close contact with other European countries, particularly with like-minded Nordic countries.

“Norway has noted the importance attached to the Ahtisaari plan in the Kosovo declaration. This plan includes important provisions concerning the status of minorities and the safeguarding of their interests, including their religious and cultural heritage. These are key components in creating a democratic, multi-ethnic Kosovo where human rights are respected,” says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

“I reiterate that we have always stressed the importance of finding a mutually agreed solution that has the firm support of the Security Council. At the same time it is important to underscore that the status quo is no longer an option. There is a need to clarify matters relating to Kosovo’s status and its position in the international community,” says Mr Støre.

In Norway’s view, given the current situation it is also important that the international community continues to be extensively engaged in Kosovo. This is important in order to meet the challenges to stability in Kosovo and in the region. Norway will continue its engagement in KFOR and the UN mission in Kosovo. At the same time we urge all member states to help to ensure the OSCE’s continued presence in Kosovo. This is important with a view to safeguarding the interests of minorities. Norway will also consider the possibility of contributing to the EU’s forthcoming mission to Kosovo.