Media: Romania, Serbia and Slovakia boycott regional summit in Warsaw

Because of the Kosovo issue, Serbia, Romania and Slovakia will boycott the summit of Central and South-East European leaders that will take place this week-end in Warsaw and consequently the presence of US President Barack Obama, a Serbian daily quoted by B92 informs. According to ‘Danas’ daily, the decision was taken because “Kosovo will be treated as an equal state.”

The daily also underlines that “the summit in Warsaw would have been an opportunity for Tadic to have its first bilateral meeting with Obama.”  According to Monsters and Critics, Romania and Slovakia told the summit organizers in Warsaw of their decision to skip the event. ‘We respect their decision,’ Roman Kuzniar, an adviser to Poland’s president, told Polish Radio. ‘There is no reason not to invite the representative or the president of Kosovo.’ Kuzniar said Romania and Slovakia may still change their minds. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and soon after gained recognition from the US and all European Union countries except Romania, Slovakia, Greece and Cyprus.

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