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Mali Now Denies Recognizing Kosovo, As Thaci Claimed, What Next?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 25 -- On August 21, Inner City Press reported that Mali had recognized Kosovo, and noted that "the fact that Mali just had a coup d'etat, and doesn't control the northern half of the country, was not mentioned" in Hashim Thaci's statement in the UN Security Council.

   On August 24, Inner City Press was sent a report and wrote that "the Malian presidency would wish to inform both the national and international community that the president has not yet signed any document recognizing the Republic of Kosovo and reserves the right to take appropriate measures to identify and punish the authors of the false document."

  But it was Kosovo's Hashim Thaci who said it, on August 21, offering "thanks... to the Republic of Mali for the recent decision to recognize Kosovo." Video here, Minute 44:30.

   So now what Thaci said in the UN Security Council about Mali's recognition has been contradicted by Mali, and this has been picked up by others. What next? Watch this site.

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