Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar said in an interview Sunday the Serbian newspaper "Politics" that the Vatican is planning to recognize the independence of Kosovo, proclaimed in 2008.
"There is no indication that the Holy See will change its stance on Kosovo recognition"— Said the head of the Belgrade edition Catholics.
Kosovo Prime MinisterHashim ThaciDuring his visit to the Vatican on March 19 called for a new pope Francis recognize the independence of Kosovo. As stated in the report of the Government of Kosovo, Thaci attended the enthronement ceremony of the Pope and briefed him during an audience on"The progress made towards the establishment of the state of Kosovo."The reaction of the Vatican to the call while Thaci was not reported.
Albanian authorities in Kosovo, with the support of the United States and some European Union countries 17 February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. To date, Kosovo independence recognized nearly 100 countries.