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Serbia's non-biding initiative at ICJ to not affect Kosovo

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The UN General Assembly
The UN General Assembly
The UN General Assembly voted Wednesday to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a legally non-biding opinion on Kosovo's declaration of independence.

The vote in the 192-member assembly on a Serbian resolution seeking support for the referral was 77 in favor, 74 abstentions and six against.

The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations which is based in The Hague, rules on disputes between sovereign states.

Most of the European Union, a 27-member body which Serbia aspires to join, abstained in the vote.

Approval of the Serbian text by General Assembly required a simple majority.

Britain's UN Ambassador John Sawers said that he was abstaining because the "Serbian request is primarily for political rather than legal reasons."

"It is designed to slow down Kosovo's emergence as a widely recognized independent nation playing its part in the international institutions of the world," he added.

Some 48 countries, including 22 EU members and the United States, have so far recognized Kosovo's coordinated declaration of independence.

Many other countries are in the process of recognition of Kosovo independence regardless of  UN decision today.

"Recognition of Kosovo's independence is an interior matter of other sovereign states and Serbia's initiative is legally non-biding, making no country obliged to follow it," was quoted the President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic .
 
Montenegro is one of the countries that have hinted swift recognition of Kosovo independence regardless of UN's decision on ICJ. Macedonian government is expected to send to its parliament the resolution on recognition Kosovo independence tonight.

Saudi Arabia and other Arabic countries have promised recognition as well.

"Serbia's non-biding initiative will not efffect any countries' decision to recognize Kosovo as an independence and sovereign state and its integration," some influential European diplomats have stated, dubbing Serbia's attempt as "futile."

Republic of Kosovo declared its independence on February 17 of 2008.

Comments (8)

LOL said:

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This resolution has no power whatsoever, not even to delay recognitions. If a courty wants to recognize, it will recognize, like it's the case with Montenegro and Macedonia.

In fact, this resolution makes the US and EU lobby even harder so that by the time the court's opinion is given, Kosova will have reached the world majority.

From the voting, it looks like there will be a nice chunk of recognitions coming.

Serbia has only 77 on it's side. That leaves 115 for Kosovo. 14 more than that and it's 67% majority. :)
 
October 09, 2008
Votes: +3

DomiNation said:

Nexhat Domi
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Israel voted against Serbia, as normal! Israel has all the reason for it. But all in all I am proud to be Albanian now when all democratic nations voted against Serbia. As the United States, France, Germany, and almost all of Europe. As previously meddebattant said civilized nations voted for Kosova, while NONcivilized voted for Serbia.

SUC a victory for the Serbs
 
October 09, 2008
Votes: +1

DomiNation said:

Nexhat Domi
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At first I was angry with Egypt. How could he say what he said yesterday, when Albanians or better explained King Faruk who ruled Egypt until 1952 and gave them civilization? Shame on you Egyptians.
 
October 09, 2008
Votes: +2

Sebaneau said:

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Skenderbeg wasn't a Muslim either.
What did you expect ? The real divide is between civilized and non civilized.
 
October 09, 2008
Votes: +3

robert-0 said:

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Can someone please explain to me how 77 votes, in a body of 192, and today's forum of 157, HOW in god's name and by whose rules is this a "simple majority"? enquiring minds wish to know :))

By the way, tonight (for the US) is the beginning of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement for we jews, and our most solemn day. fasting, and prayer for some of us...

i am afraid to ask how israel voted, but however they did vote, it was based on pure politics, not ethics or religion. in my opinion, these religions hold much beauty and history, in my POV, but for many of the people who claim to practice them, it is quite a different stoy.

anyway, best wishes to my fellow jews and to people around the world.

roberto
frisco
 
October 09, 2008
Votes: +2

Benny said:

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This is mainly a domestic victory for the Serbian govt. There will be amendments, already proposed by the UK, and other requests for the Kosovo side to present its case that in the end this opinion of the ICJ could actually make it easier for Kosovo to become a UN member. In the meantime though, Serbia wins some time as it is most likely that some states will indeed delay the recognition of Kosovo until the court comes with its opinion. These states will be most likely the ones that are not really concerned with the Balkans. On the other hand if Montenegro and Macedonia recognize Kosovo in the very near future (ie before the court's opinion) then the case will be 100% resolved in the region and there is nothing else that Serbia could do.
 
October 09, 2008
Votes: +1

Azdren Coma said:

Azdren Coma
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@Nexhat:

Although it is true that most of the 57 States in the OIC voted for the resolution, all this means is that it will be sent to the ICJ for debate, and does not necessarily mean that a vote 'for' is a vote that 'agrees' with the Serbian position.

Although I do agree that it is a shame there are few-to-none recognitions from the OIC.
 
October 08, 2008
Votes: +0

Nexhat Domi said:

Nexhat Domi
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A message to Kosovo Albanian leaders .... You can dress in the Armani suit while Serb leaders Almost liv in Arab countries.
To all the Arab countries which have’t recognized Kosovo, Burn you!!!

Serbia won today with 77 nations were among the almost entire Muslim "Brother's"
From today I am not Muslim longer.
 
October 08, 2008
Votes: +3

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