Guinea-Bissau has withdrawn its decision from 2011 to recognize Kosovo’s independence, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has claimed. "The prime minister of Guinea-Bissau informed me of this today," Dacic told Belgrade media on Tuesday.
He added that the African country also sent a note to Pristina informing them of the revocation. Dacic explained that Guinea-Bissau in this way officially annulled a letter, and recognition contained in that letter, sent in 2011, which Pristina was manipulating with. Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who has been in office since November 2016, spoke in Belgrade last week to say that his country never recognized Kosovo - that is, that he "did not see any paper on the recognition of Kosovo." At the same time, media in Pristina published a facsimile of Guinea-Bissao's verbal note on the recognition of Kosovo, signed by the country's president, at the time who in the meantime died, as well as a photo of then deputy foreign minister of Kosovo, Vlora Citaku, receiving the note. That note was officially annulled on Tuesday.
The first state to withdraw its recognition of Kosovo was Suriname, which made the decision on October 27, 2017. Recently, the media in Kosovo also reported that Pristina updated the list of countries that have recognized it to remove Nigeria and Uganda from it, because these countries' notes of recognition were "never received."
Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, reacted on Twitter by saying that “Serbia cannot ask for the dialogue on normalisation of relations with Kosovo to continue and at the same time put pressure on other states to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo.”
“What is the point of Serbia’s internal dialogue for reaching an agreement on Kosovo, as requested by the EU, when they constantly work against good neighbourly relations in the region,” said Hoxhaj.