The International Court of Justice decided on Thursday that Kosovo's independence proclamation does not breach international law, Reuters informs. The Court's rule is consultative. The 17 February 2008 declaration did not breach international law, ICJ President Hisashi owada declared.
This decision might have implications for separatist movements from the whole world and might affect Serbia's EU integration, Reuters informs. Ten judges voted for Kosovo while four were against BBC News informs.
Kosovo urged Serbia to talk bilateral issues on equal footing. Foreign Affairs minister Skender declared that Serbia should treat Kosovo as an independent state following Hague's Court decision. Kosovo proclaimed its independence on February 17, 2008 and 69 countries acknowledged it as a new state including the US and 22 EU member countries. Romania was one of the countries that did not acknowledge Kosovo as an independent state.