The European Union has warned Kosovo that its decision to build an Embassy in Jerusalem would have significant consequences on Kosovo’s ability to join the European Union.
The threat came barely a day after Kosovo and Israel finalized bilateral relations, and Israel approved a petition from Kosovo to open its embassy in Jerusalem.
The EU’s lead spokesman for external affairs, Peter Stano, notified the Kosovans that no other EU country has its embassy in Jerusalem. He said that the EU has a commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through mediation and towards a peaceful settlement and to find a way to address Jerusalem’s status as the capital of both the Israelis and Palestinians.
Stano warned that Kosovo to abide by the EU stance, warning that not doing so could threaten its membership in the European Union.
The establishment of diplomatic ties has not only led to condemnation against Kosovo but Israel as well. Serbia was very upset about Israel’s claim to accept Kosovo’s status as an independent country, claiming that it had no right to do so.