Franco Frattini: Italy will respect ICJ decision on Kosovo

Italy will respect the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kosovo, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has stated.

The highest UN court is expected to this year give its advisory opinion on the legality under international law of the Kosovo Albanian unilateral independence declaration, made over two years ago.

When asked if the year of 2014 is realistic for Serbia in terms of full EU membership, Frattini said that everything depends on negotiations and that it is too early to talk about this now.

“When it comes to Kosovo, we will continue with a very balanced approach,” Frattini said.

“We appreciate the fact that Serbia has decided to achieve a result with legal rather than political means regarding its disapproval of Kosovo’s independence. Of course, we will respect whatever the decision the court makes,” he underscored.

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