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Romanian president Traian Basescu backs Serbia's position on Kosovo

Romania's president Traian Basescu has given his unequivocal backing for Serbia's position on Kosovo, telling a gathering of Romanian ambassadors on September 3 that "Serbia is an independent, sovereign state whose territorial integrity must not be affected." Basescu based his argument on international law, arguing that "there is no legal foundation for the creation of a Kosovo state."

During a visit to Bucharest, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic warned Romanian officials, including President Basescu and Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, that the fate of Kosovo would determine the future of the western Balkans. He added that the Kosovar independence would set a precedent that would provide legitimacy for the forcible division of internationally recognized states.

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