International Court of Justice ruling confirmed Kosovo’s Independence - Gazeta Express

International Court of Justice ruling confirmed Kosovo’s Independence

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Gazeta Express

22/07/2019 13:53

Kosovo leaders marked ninth anniversary of the International Court of Justice (KJC) ruling which has affirmed Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence, saying it did not violate international law.

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci said the ICJ ruling on 22 July 2010 confirmed the declaration of Independence of Kosovo on 17 February 2008 was just. In a Facebook post, Thaci said that this was a great victory to Kosovo paving the way for strengthening of Kosovo’s statehood and sealed the right for self-determination.  This ruling according to Thaci has opened the way for Kosovo to become member of NATO, EU and UN.

Deputy prime minister of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, remembering ninth anniversary of the ICJ ruling said that this has confirmed the right on state-building and sovereignty of Kosovo. “Nine years ago, the International Court of Justice recognized the legitimacy of Independence of Kosovo. This ruling, confirmed the right onstate-building, confirmed soveregnity and integrity of our state,” Hoxhaj wrote in Facebook.

Also leader of Nisma, Fatmir Limaj, said that ICJ opinion remains one of the greatest successes of Kosovo and concluded aspirations on creation of the Republic of Kosovo. “The ICJ ruling was the biggest blow to opponents of Kosovo’s independence and opened the way for membership into international organizations,” Limaj wrote.  

Serbia filed the case with the International Court Of Justice (ICJ) in 2009, saying that the declaration of independence was a “flagrant violation” of Serbia’s territorial integrity. The then ICJ President Hisashi Owada said the declaration did not violate international law or the 1999 United Nations resolution that placed Kosovo under interim UN administration. “The court has concluded above that the adoption of the declaration of independence of February 17, 2008, did not violate general international law, Security Council Resolution 1244, or the constitutional framework,” Owada said in a live broadcast of the ruling. “Consequently, the adoption of that declaration did not violate any applicable rule of international law.” /GazetaExpress/