What does Spain, Russia, China, Romania, Vietnam, Greece, Georgia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India and Israel have in common? They don’t recognize the new Kosovo state. We already know that Europe is splited about that, but in Asia the picture is different. Almost most all Asian countries don’t recognize it, only Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Australia do so.
China immediately opposed Kosovo independence, anxious to stop Taiwan and separatist movements in Tibet or Xinjiang from following the example. Some Asian governments that are battling against separatism in their own countries, such as Sri Lanka, have refused to recognise Kosovo.
Japan, the principal US ally in Northeast Asia, did not immediately recognise Kosovo although it has agreed in principle to do so. Japanese chief government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura told reporters on Sunday: “We need to examine if Kosovo meets the conditions as a state legally and politically, but I cannot say how long the process will take.” The political stakes for Japan are not insignificant.India has been trying to deflect pressure to take a side on the Kosovo issue. Indian Foreign Office spokesman Navtej Sarna declared on Monday that there were “several legal issues” on the Kosovo declaration and the government was “studying the evolving situation”. He added: “It has been India’s consistent position that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be fully respected by all states.”Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo called for a “negotiated solution mutually acceptable to all parties”. While Manila did not oppose an independent Kosovo, it was necessary to “taking into account the internationally accepted principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity”.Only Australia, which engineered the “independence” of East Timor, has enthusiastically recognised Kosovo.
From other websites:
“We are now closely watching the international community’s reaction to independence of Kosovo, and it’s not the right time for us to determine whether to give diplomatic recognition to Kosovo or not,” Cho Hee-yong, spokesman of the foreign ministry, said Tuesday.
“Malaysia hopes the declaration of independence fulfils the aspiration of the people of Kosovo to decide their own future and ensure the rights of all to live in peace, freedom and stability,” according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
In response to media queries on Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence the MFA Spokesman said: “Singapore is still studying the matter. This is a controversial move that has many complex ramifications around the world. The situation under international law is not clear and the kind of precedent that could be set needs to be carefully assessed. We hope international mediation efforts would continue so that a solution acceptable to all parties can be found.”
Vietnam and Azerbaijan said they would not recognise it.
The Indonesian government will closely watch the developments in Kosovo but is not yet in a position to recognize the unilateral declaration of its independence,’ the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Israel is looking with concern and reservation at what it calls “the unilateral secession” of Kosovo, because this could have implications on the Palestinian issue.The Israeli foreign minister said yesterday in a terse statement that it is “following the developments” of the situation and will express itself in the future.
Strange alliance, isn’t it? No regime, no human rights, no ideology, no development variables can explain the behavior of states in the Kosovo issue, only their internal perception of secessionism and some geopolitics. It’s a domestic politics issue.
In moral and ethic terms I think that Kosovo should be recognized, and that it will be in the future, but from the point of view of the IIRR what surprises me is that its recognition looks like a revisionist action (changing or breaking the current status quo) by GB, US, France and Germany (old powers) while the emerging powers (like China, India, etc.) defend the status quo and international law.
Spanish government isright when it says that the recognition breakes the international law, if Kosovo is recognized why not Abhazia, Ossetia, Taiwán, Somaliland,etc. maybe its not revisionist bc it doesn’t try to change the rule, but for sure it is an exception and sets a precedent and, by doing so, puts the rule into question.