The Council in its Conclusions on Kosovo, adopted on 18 February 2008, noted that "Member States will decide, in accordance with national practice and international law, on their relations with Kosovo."
In the exercise of its powers conferred by international law, the Republic of Cyprus has not recognized the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, a territory which remains under the interim regime established by the still in force UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).
Nevertheless, the Republic of Cyprus declares its full commitment to peace and stability in the Western Balkans and its determination to work closely with the European Union institutions to further advance the European perspective of the region.
In light of the above, the Republic of Cyprus states that, during its EU Council Presidency, it will exercise its duties in a neutral and credible manner, taking into consideration the positions of all the 27 EU Member-States.
At the same time, the Republic of Cyprus stresses that any actions undertaken during its EU Council Presidency should not in any way be interpreted as suggesting any change in the position of Cyprus in relation to non-recognition and to the status of Kosovo under international law.