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PORTUGAL RECOGNISES KOSOVO.

Portugal has become 22nd EU country to recognise Kosovo. A decision to this end was announced, on 7 October, by the country's Foreign Minister, Luis Amado. "It is in the interest of the Portuguese state to proceed today to the formal recognition of Kosovo," Amado told the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee. Following Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia, issued on 17 February, 21 other EU member states established diplomatic relations with Pristina. However, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Romania and Slovakia still firmly refuse to do so. Worldwide, 48 UN countries, including the US, recognised Serbia's former province as an independent state. But the remaining 144 states, including Russia, China and India, still refuse to follow suit. (JSO)

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