Serbia submits Kosovo draft to UN GA

The Serbian mission at the United Nations today submitted Belgrade’s draft resolution on Kosovo to the UN General Assembly. The draft proposes that this body should adopt conclusions, related to the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion in the Kosovo case.

The Serbian resolution “clearly states” that unilateral secession is not an acceptable manner of solving territorial disputes, the MFA in Belgrade said in a statement this Wednesday. The statement further adds that secession is unacceptable “considering that the ICJ did not confirm a right of Kosovo Albanians to secede from Serbia”.

The Serbian resolution also calls for dialog as a manner to find mutually acceptable solutions “for all open issues”, said the MFA.

The ICJ ruled last week that international law does not have an active provision that limits independence declarations, and that for this reason the Kosovo Albanian UDI was not in breach of international law.

The top UN court stated that it focused on the specific question received from the UN General Assembly, and did not discuss the right to self-determination or secession.

The advisory opinion will now be sent back to the General Assembly, which will meet in September in New York.

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