Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press service Statements
Monday, 11 November 2019. PDF Print E-mail
Ghana revokes recognition of Kosovo
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The Republic of Ghana has revoked the recognition of Kosovo and Metohija, of which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was informed in a diplomatic note. Thus, the Republic of Ghana has become the 16th state to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo.

We have been formally notified by the Government of the Republic of Ghana that it considers its decision made in 2012 to recognize the unilateral declaration of Kosovo and Metohija to be premature and that this recognition leading to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries was in contravention of the Helsinki Final Act and, more fundamentally, in contravention of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

We appreciate the decision of the Government of the Republic of Ghana, grounded in international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the fact that the process of settlement of this question is ongoing, which Ghana is supportive of.

The decision of the Government of the Republic of Ghana to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo and Metohija is yet another confirmation of our policy of reaching a solution through dialogue and by compromise, with unavoidable participation of Serbia in that process. Unilateral solutions are not a way leading to peace and stabilization of the situation, as also evidenced by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Ghana. We expect that this decision will encourage some other Member States of the United Nations to re-examine their decisions and revoke the recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo and Metohija.

The Republic of Ghana is the largest state so far to have withdrawn the recognition of Kosovo and Metohija and its decision is very important internationally, given its size and the political influence that it exercises. We look upon this decision as an expression of its friendship with the Republic of Serbia dating back to the time when the Non-Aligned Movement emerged on the international scene and when its founding fathers also included Presidents Tito and Nkrumah.

The notification of the Government of Ghana can be found here.