Cyprus: Firmly Committed to the Non-recognition of Kosovo
The decision by Cyprus not to recognise Kosovo is based on Turkey’s occupation of the northern third of the island. As a result, Cypriot foreign policy is underpinned by the respect of international law, including United Nations resolutions. However, the country’s European Union membership, shifting geopolitical interests and the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion on Kosovo’s declaration of independence allowed Cyprus to soften its approach on Kosovo somewhat. This has led to some limited engagement between Nicosia and Pristina. Nevertheless, Cyprus remains firmly against recognising Kosovo until an agreement is reached between Pristina and Belgrade and endorsed by the UN.