April 28, 2008
The EMI must make an effort to propose innovative solutions with respect to the countries which formed part of the ex-Yugoslavia. The CFEME (EM Spain) is opposed to the recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state. However, the CFEME realizes that this recognition could happen de facto as a result of unilateral positions adopted by different Member States. However, the formal recognition must be subject to the dictates of international law.
The EMI must courageously address the Pandora’s box opened up by the declaration of independence by Kosovo. In particular, this has created, and will further create in the future, problems in Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, because of the enclaves of ethnic minorities within their frontiers.
Outside the confines of the ex-Yugoslavia, we must not forget that Romania, with its minority Hungarian population, will face similar issues.
The CFEME has no magic solutions to deal with these extremely complex issues. However, we cannot accept that the EMI avoids its responsibility in such important matters.