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PNG recognises Kosovo
1:23 pm GMT+12, 03/10/2012, Papua New Guinea

 Papua New Guinea has recognized the Republic of Kosovo and will enter into full diplomatic relations with the new Balkan State.

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, today announced the National Government's decision Tuesday.

The National Executive Council (NEC) made the decision, based on a submission from the Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Pato.

Prime Minister O'Neill said instruments to this effect will be formalized and exchanged soon through diplomatic channels.

He said Kosovo is a former state within the now disbanded Federation of Yugoslavia.

It gained Independence on February 17, 2008 and has many things in common with PNG.

O'Neill said Cabinet’s decision is in line with the Governments' foreign policy to have international relations with countries that have mutual interest with PNG.

He said Kosovo’s primary import of coffee and cocoa makes it an ideal market for PNG's primary produce.

PNG joins Australia, Samoa, New Zealand, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Kiribati, Marshalls, Palau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu - countries that have recognized and entered into diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kosovo.

SOURCE: NBC/PACNEWS


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