23 July, 2010

Kosovo

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has issued an Advisory Opinion relating to Kosovo which declared independence from Serbia on 17th February 2008.  Here is a link to the opinion which is to the effect that the declaration of independence did not violate international law.  This is far from being a ruling that Kosovo is an independent State - see here for the views of international law expert Professor Paolo Gaeta

The U.K. maintains an Embassy in Kosovo and William Hague (Foreign Secretary) has commented on the ICJ ruling.  Hague said - "The UK holds firm in its conviction that Kosovo's status as a State and with its territory defined by its existing borders is a positive force for stability in the Western Balkans. I urge both Kosovo and Serbia to embrace this opportunity to reconcile and to become good neighbours."

The EULEX KOSOVO website is an interesting source of information. 

See also "The World Court's Non-Opinion" - article on Opinio Juris

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