Serbian FM asks around 80 countries to address ICJ
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has sent a letter to around 80 countries, proposing that they consider sending their opinion on the proclamation of the independence of Kosovo to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On behalf of Serbia, he expressed gratitude for the shown respect for Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for the votes with which they backed the relevant Resolution at the UN General Assembly.
Jeremic sent the letter, which was made available to Tanjug, to United Nations (UN) member-states that have not recognized the independence of Kosovo or maintained a neutral stand during the vote at the UN General Assembly.
The ICJ will this year take a stand on whether the proclamation of the independence of Serbia’s southern province was in keeping with international law.
The case of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence records that the ICJ has been asked for the first time to assess the legality of attempted secession from a UN member-state, Jeremic said in the letter.
In that respect, the conclusions of the ICJ will establish a strong criterion with far-reaching consequences for the UN system.
The outcome will either act as a strong deterrent to other separatist movements, or it will result in a conclusion that could encourage them to act in a similar fashion, Jeremic said.
On October 8, 2008, Jeremic pointed out, the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution asking the ICJ to provide its advisory opinion on the legality of the move made by the interim institutions of Kosovo.
The Serbian minister offered to the countries he addressed also any possibly needed assistance from Serbia’s legal team.
On behalf of Serbia, he expressed gratitude for the shown respect for Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for the votes with which they backed the relevant Resolution at the UN General Assembly.