Kosovo gets UN backing
Serbia says never recognize Kosovo:
THE NETHERLANDS: The UN’s top court gave legal backing Thursday to
Kosovo’s 2008 independence declaration, saying it conformed to
international law as Serbia insisted it would never recognize the move.
The non-binding finding was greeted with euphoria among Kosovo’s
majority ethnic Albanian population, who hooted car horns in delight
while their President said it removed the last vestiges of doubt over
independence. But Serbian President Boris Tadic said Serbia would never
recognise Kosovo’s independence, while his Foreign Minister appealed to
the minority Serb community concentrated in the north of Kosovo to
“Serbia of course will never recognize the unilaterally proclaimed
independence of Kosovo because it believes that unilateral, ethnically
motivated secession is not in accordance with the principles of the
United Nations,” Tadic said.
The United States welcomed the move, while Serb ally Russia said its
stance against Kosovo’s self-declared independence would not change. The
United Nations, for its part, warned against “provocative” actions after
the verdict, while the European Union offered to broker dialogue between
Serbia and Kosovo.
“By 10 votes to four, (the court) is of the opinion that the
declaration of independence of Kosovo adopted on 17 February 2008 did
not violate international law,” ICJ president Hisashi Owada told a
crowded courtroom in The Hague.
“General international law contains no applicable prohibition of
declarations of independence.” THE HAGUE, Friday, AFP