International Court Says Kosovo Independence Declaration Not Illegal
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has made a non-binding decision that the 2008 declaration of independence of Kosovo from Serbia is not illegal and that it did not break international law.
Voting 10-4, the international court of the United Nations from its office in The Hague, Netherlands, made the address via its President Hisashi Owada. He said that there are “no applicable prohibition” of Kosovo’s declaration of independence in the international law.
“Accordingly, [the court] concludes that the declaration of independence on 17 February 2008 did not violate general international law,” he said.
Nations around the world are divided in the issue. The United States and 69 others support Kosovo while Russia and China oppose it.
The President of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu, declared, “The decision finally removes all doubts that countries which still do not recognize the republic of Kosovo could have.”
The President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, replied, “Serbia will never recognize the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo.” He also said that his nation does not accept the opinion and decision of the ICJ.
The reason why some nations do not support the independence of Kosovo is that it will encourage other independence-seeking regions to do the same.