Czech Republic to reconsider Kosovo recognition: president

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BELGRADE, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Czech President Milos Zeman said on Wednesday in Serbia that he will personally ask his ministers to consider the possibility for the Czech Republic to withdraw its recognition of Kosovo.

Answering a journalist's question at a press conference after the meeting his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, Zeman said that he will bring the issue to the attention of his country's ministers next month.

He explained that he agreed with a recent remark by Czech Minister of Defense Lubomir Metnar that the recognition of Kosovo was "a mistake," and said he hoped for support for his proposal.

Kosovo, Serbia's southern province, unilaterally declared independence in 2008, but Serbia sees Kosovo as part of its territory.

In recent years, 15 countries have withdrawn their recognition of Kosovo, according to press reports.

Vucici thanked Zeman and the Czech Republic for their support, saying that Zeman's initiative came unexpectedly and will "help explain people across Europe that everything is not black or white".

Vucic said that he hed briefed Zeman on problems that Serbia was facing in relation to its southern province. He also said that the dispute between Belgrade and Pristina can only be solved through compromises. Enditem

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