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Norway supports ICJ’s advisory opinion on Kosovo independence. Norway has welcomed the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion that the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the self-proclaimed Kosovo from February 17 2008 was in accordance with the general international law. “I welcome this important advisory opinion by the Court. We now call on the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo to take fully part in the project of helping the region to put its troubled past behind it”, said Labour’s (Ap) Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in a press release. Even though Norway and the other states gathered at Thursday’s General Assembly in The Hague are very strict about a region’s right to secession, it was unanimously agreed that the circumstantial climate created at the time of the Declaration of Independence of Kosovo was unique. Therefore, the country’s decision didn’t breach international law.

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Norway supports ICJ’s advisory opinion on Kosovo independence

Published on Monday, 26th July, 2010 at 15:22 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Norway has welcomed the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion that the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the self-proclaimed Kosovo from February 17 2008 was in accordance with the general international law.

International Court of Justice, The Hague
International Court of Justice, The Hague
Photo: ICJ/Wikimedia Commons


“I welcome this important advisory opinion by the Court. We now call on the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo to take fully part in the project of helping the region to put its troubled past behind it”, said Labour’s (Ap) Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in a press release.

Even though Norway and the other states gathered at Thursday’s General Assembly in The Hague are very strict about a region’s right to secession, it was unanimously agreed that the circumstantial climate created at the time of the Declaration of Independence of Kosovo was unique. Therefore, the country’s decision didn’t breach international law.

“We reiterate our full support to the principles of the United Nations Charter and to the International Court of Justice, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations,” Støre said.

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, on the other hand, was categorical about his country’s position regarding the ICJ’s ruling.

"We will never recognize the unilateral declaration of independence of the so-called Republic of Kosovo," Jeremic told the Voice of America News international public broadcaster.

Currently, 69 countries have recognized Kosovo, including the US and 22 EU member states, but important international actors such as China and Russia have not.

There is international concern that the recognition of Kosovo will be an example to other regions seeking secession, according to Voice of America.

Meanwhile, Skender Hyseni, Kosovo’s Foreigner Minister, called for a discussion on equal terms.

“I expect Serbia to turn and come to us [and] to talk with us on so many issues of both mutual interest and importance. But such talks can only take place as talks between sovereign states, between two neighboring states," he said.

The US also urged international actors to recognize the Republic of Kosovo.

"Now is the time for them – for Kosovo and Serbia – to put aside their differences and move forward, working together constructively to resolve practical issues to the betterment of the lives of the people of Kosovo, Serbia, and the region," Assistant Secretary of State Phillip Crowley said.



Published on Monday, 26th July, 2010 at 15:22 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: jonas, gahr, stoere, phillip, crowley, international, court, justice, hague, kosovo, declaration, independence, serbia, skender, hyseni, vuk, jeremic.





  
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