ICJ: Kosovo independence declaration does not violate international law or resolution 1244

The International Court of Justice has found that Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate international law or UN Resolution 1244, in a decision that could have a far-reaching impact in other parts of the world.

Ten judges on the top UN court voted in favour of the advisory opinion, including the president of the court. Four judges voted against, with one abstention.

The court began reading out its advisory opinion at 3pm today.

After Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians declared unilateral independence in February 2008, Serbia, which bitterly opposes the independence declaration, took the case to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. Hearings in the case lasted from December 1 to 11, 2009, and the court announced that it will deliver its non-binding advisory opinion today.

Pristina has said it believes that the top UN court will rule in its favour, while Belgrade has indicated that it is convinced that the opinion will support Serbia’s position.

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