UN ICJ Uphold Kosovo’s Independence | TIME

Horns honked, flags waved and toasts were raised in Pristina on Thursday at the news that Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 was upheld by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague. The ICJ, the U.N.’s highest court — albeit limited to advisory powers — said that there was “no applicable prohibition” of a declaration of independence from a sovereign territory like that made by Kosovo in 2008, leading court president Hisashi Owada to rule that the move, “did not violate general international law.” The decision was hailed as a vindication in Pristina, but in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, it was forcefully rejected.


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