Sunday, July 25, 2010

UN Court Rules Kosovo's Independence Legal

Well, it had to happen sooner or later.  The UN , which apparently went into Kosovo under false pretenses*, has now had their high court rule that Kosovo's Declaration of Independence is legal.  This happened last Thursday (22 June 2010).

What this means:  The ruling carries no binding or official weight.  However, some of the states that were hesitant to acknowledge their independence, may use this as a reason to do so.

*The False Pretenses:  The UN went into Kosovo under Security Council Resolution 1244 which  3 times states:
"taking full account of the Rambouillet accords and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the other countries of the region,"
When the UN entered, Kosovo was a part of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (which became just Serbia).

No, I am not taking sides, but I do believe the UN was a bit deceptive when they went in.  The resolution reiterated the same fact stating:

"Promoting the establishment, pending a final settlement, of substantial autonomy and self-government in Kosovo, taking full account of annex 2 and of the Rambouillet accords..."

The UN never wanted to tell Kosovo they could not become independent (Which also violated OSCE Standards).

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