The Netherlands recognizes an independent Kosovo, a spokesman for Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said Tuesday after the Dutch embassy in Pristina had informed the Kosovar government of the decision.
Verhagen, a member of the Christian Democrats party, said the Dutch government decided to recognize Kosovo's independence during the weekly governmental meeting last Friday.
The Netherlands had hesitated before recognizing Kosovo's independence declared on February 17.
Speaking to Dutch media, Verhagaen said the government had first wanted to see how Kosovo would treat the Serbs and other minorities, and how they would deal with their cultural and religious heritage.
He added the Dutch also wanted to know whether Kosovo would behave "responsibly" and "calmly".
Recognizing Kosovo would improve regional stability, he noted.
Last month, only the Netherlands and Belgium voted against admitting Serbia to the EU until it transfers all war crimes suspects to the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
Last Mod: 05 Mart 2008, 15:58