Kosovo court ruling to revive old moral dilemma

An advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice on the legality of Kosovo’s independence could give new momentum to plans to partition.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will today (22 July) issue an advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo’s independence. The court’s ruling is likely to make uncomfortable reading for 22 of the European Union’s 27 states that have already recognised Kosovo following its declaration of independence on 17 February 2008: it could well advance a political settlement between Serbia and its former province that would severely test the EU’s tenets that borders are not to be changed and that ‘ethnic cleansing’ must not stand. 

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