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U.N. Court Declares Kosovo’s Split-Off Legit

Posted on Jul 22, 2010
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Kosovo’s split from Serbia now has the U.N. top court’s official nod. Above, Kosovo’s official flag.

On Thursday, the United Nations’ International Court of Justice validated Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of separation from Serbia, declaring the move legitimate according to international law, thereby pleasing the people of Kosovo but causing some concerns in other circles.  —KA

The New York Times:

Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 did not violate international law, the United Nations’ highest court said Thursday in a ruling that Kosovo heralded as a victory but that legal experts warned could spur separatist movements around the world.

Legal experts emphasized that while the court had ruled that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was legal, it had scrupulously avoided saying that the state of Kosovo was legal under international law, a narrow and carefully calibrated compromise that they said could allow both sides to declare victory in a dispute that remains raw even 11 years after the war there.

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By huckleberry_finn, October 1, 2010 at 3:07 am Link to this comment

Well nothing tragic went out of this initiative with
[URL=]guarding the
Serbian sacred places[/URL]

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By last_boy_scout, September 2, 2010 at 12:44 am Link to this comment

Fresh news from the field — Serbian monasteries and
religious objects will be guarded by Albanians since
now ( I kinda
wonder how it all turns out

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By Anarcissie, July 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

The can of worms is already open.  The Russians, for instance, applied the Kosovo principle very neatly to Georgia.  And then there’s the Alaska Independence Party….

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