President reacts to ICJ decision

President Boris Tadić says the ICJ Kosovo case ruling was "difficult for Serbia", but that the country would continue to defend its territorial integrity.

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Thursday, 22.07.2010.

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President Boris Tadic says the ICJ Kosovo case ruling was "difficult for Serbia", but that the country would continue to defend its territorial integrity. This, the president stressed, will be done exclusively using political means. President reacts to ICJ decision "It is clear that the court was not ruling on the right to secession, but that it decided to debate only the technical content of the declaration of independence. The court avoided to rule on the essential issue and decided to let the top UN organ debate that, and all the political implications," the president said in his reaction. Tadic added that in the coming days, "all state organs would analyze the ICJ decision", while his emissaries would be dispatched over the weekend to 55 countries state worldwide, where they will deliver his personal message. "Serbia will never recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, since we believe that unilateral and ethnically motivated secession is not in line with UN principles," said he. In 2008, Serbia asked the UN General Assembly to request an advisory opinion from the ICJ on the legality under international law of the Kosovo Albanian independence declaration, made early the same year. The top UN court announced today that since there was "no active provision that limits independence declarations, Kosovo's declaration is not in breach of international law", UNSCR 1244, or the international legal order there. The tribunal said that it did not rule on whether such declarations in fact result in the statehood of territories attempting to secede. Serbia rejects the UDI, and has support for this from two permanent UN Security Council members, and five of the 27 EU countries. Full texts of ICJ advisory ruling, dissenting and separate opinions Tadic speaks in Belgrade on Thursday (Tanjug)

President reacts to ICJ decision

"It is clear that the court was not ruling on the right to secession, but that it decided to debate only the technical content of the declaration of independence. The court avoided to rule on the essential issue and decided to let the top UN organ debate that, and all the political implications," the president said in his reaction.

Tadić added that in the coming days, "all state organs would analyze the ICJ decision", while his emissaries would be dispatched over the weekend to 55 countries state worldwide, where they will deliver his personal message.

"Serbia will never recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, since we believe that unilateral and ethnically motivated secession is not in line with UN principles," said he.

In 2008, Serbia asked the UN General Assembly to request an advisory opinion from the ICJ on the legality under international law of the Kosovo Albanian independence declaration, made early the same year.

The top UN court announced today that since there was "no active provision that limits independence declarations, Kosovo's declaration is not in breach of international law", UNSCR 1244, or the international legal order there.

The tribunal said that it did not rule on whether such declarations in fact result in the statehood of territories attempting to secede.

Serbia rejects the UDI, and has support for this from two permanent UN Security Council members, and five of the 27 EU countries.

Full texts of ICJ advisory ruling, dissenting and separate opinions

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