Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and Japan, signed by the Prime Minister Thaçi and Prime Minister Abe
Tokyo, 14 April 2014
At the end of today's meeting, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe signed the Joint Declaration on cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and Japan, with regard to strengthening bilateral relations, economic cooperation, cultural cooperation, promoting businesses and Kosovo`s Euro-Atlantic future.
Above, we will provide the full text of the Declaration signed by the two Prime Ministers:
Joint Declaration on cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and Japan
On the occasion of the visit to Japan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Mr. Hashim Thaçi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, reconfirmed friendship between the two countries, which has continued to exist since the independence of Kosovo, and in the light of promotion of cooperation between the two countries, issued the following statement .
1 . Bilateral relations since the declaration of independence of the Republic of Kosovo
The two Prime Ministers reconfirmed that, since the Independence of the Republic of Kosovo, the two countries have been deepening cooperation through political, economical and cultural dialogue, exchanges between people and consultations on global issues.
The two Prime Ministers reaffirmed that the cooperation between two countries have been based on the unwavering adherence to fundamental values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law by the two countries.
In this regard, Prime Minister Thaci, in recognition of Japan's widely acknowledged peaceful orientation, expressed his strong support for Japan's efforts to further contribution to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a ''Proactive Contributor to Peace.
2. Economic Cooperation
Prime Minister Thaçi expressed his highest appreciation to Prime Minister Abe for the Official Development Assistance provided by Japan to the Republic of Kosovo, which totals more than 1.4 billion Japanese yen.
Prime Minister Abe expressed that, based on the needs of the Republic of Kosovo, the Government of Japan will continue to provide further economic assistance to the Republic of Kosovo for the sake of the stabilization of economic and social infrastructure, including development of human resources and improvement of environment.
Prime Minister Thaçi and Prime Minister Abe shared the view in principle that the issues of inheritance of treaties and international agreements of the Republic of Kosovo from its predecessor states should be solved before the Japanese side starts consideration on provision of a new Yen Loan.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Thaçi stated that there have been cases when the issues of inheritance of treaties and international agreements were solved in a mutually satisfactory manner between the Republic of Kosovo and third parties.
3. Cultural and People-to-People Exchange
The two prime ministers welcomed that, on the occasion of Prime Minister Thaçi's visit to Japan this time, the Parliamentary Friendship League of Japan-Kosovo was established.
The two prime ministers welcomed that Mr. Toshio Yanagisawa has served as a chief conductor of the Kosovo Philharmonic 0rchestra.
Prime Minister Thaçi expressed high appreciation for the Cultural Grant Assistance Project for the Improvement of Musical Instruments of the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra.
4. Business Promotion
Prime Minister Thaçi touched upon investment potential of the Republic of Kosovo for Japanese business. In this regard, two prime ministers welcomed that, on November 22, 2013, an investment forum hosted by the Investment Promotion Agency of Kosovo and the Japan External Trade Organization was held in Vienna and Mr. Bernard Nikaj, the then Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry in the Republic of Kosovo, presented the investment environment of the Republic of Kosovo to the Japanese business representatives.
5. Process towards accession to the European Union by the Republic of Kosovo
In the view of promotion of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, Prime Minister Abe expressed his support for reform efforts and the future accession to the European Union by the Republic of Kosovo. In this regard, Prime Minister Abe welcomed that the European Union
and the Republic of Kosovo have started the talks for the Stabilisation and Associatio11 Process Dialogue.
Prime Minister Abe also expressed his support for Prime Minister Thaçi's initiative for the normalization of the relationship between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia.
Tokyo, 14 April 2014
Hashim Thaçi, Shinzo Abe,
Prime Minister of Kosovo Prime Minister of Japan