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SERBIA MAY CHALLENGE KOSOVO AT ICJ.

Serbia can challenge the legality of Kosovo's independence in the highest court of international law, the United Nations General Assembly decided, on 8 October. The Serbian resolution requesting an opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) won approval by a wide margin (77 votes in favour and six against) thanks to numerous abstentions (74 countries abstained), including by European Union member states that have recognised Kosovo. According to news reports, the European Union member countries did not have a united stand on the issue, with the UK and France abstaining and Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Romania voting in favour. Belgrade's diplomatic victory could slow down further recognitions of Kosovo, which declared independence on 17 February. Hearings could take around two years. The court's ruling would be non-binding. (JSO)

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Title Annotation:International Court of Justice fights on legality of Kosovo
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXYU
Date:Oct 10, 2008
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