Summary: RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ruled out a unilateral declaration of independence
When, in July, the International Court of Justice held that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence
did not violate international law because international law is silent on the subject of the legality of declarations of independence (meaning that no declarations of independence violate international law and all are "legal", albeit subject to the political decisions of sovereign states to recognize or not the independence declared), the United States responded by calling on all countries which had not already recognized Kosovo to do so promptly.
Prominent Palestinian intellectual Mustafa Barghouti proposes a unilateral declaration of independence
"on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, including East Jerusalem.
Many diplomats fear that a delay in the votes could lead to a unilateral declaration of independence
by the south and a possible new conflict.
Reiterating Serbia's stand to never recognise Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence
, Jeremic said he hoped the resolution "would help create an atmosphere conducive to the establishment of a comprehensive compact of peace between Serbs and Albanians, achieved through a good faith dialogue".
It calls for fresh talks on all outstanding issues but also condemns Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence
Reportedly, the resolution, drafted after the International Court of Justice advisory opinion that there was nothing out of line with international law in the February 2008 unilateral declaration of independence
in Pristina, could be discussed by the General Assembly on September 9.
Summary: The International Court of Justice's ruling last week that Kosovo did not violate international law with its unilateral declaration of independence
from Serbia in 2008 should send an important message to Moscow and Washington: Stop meddling.
Despite strong opposition from a number of countries, including Russia and China, Kosovar determination for statehood was undeterred, resulting in its unilateral declaration of independence
in February 2008.
On July 22, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion on the following question posed to it by Serbia: AoIs the unilateral declaration of independence
by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance with international law?
The International Crisis Group think-tank warned the African Union and Sudan's nine neighboring nations that they must prepare for a vote for secession, but also the possibility that Khartoum may disrupt the referendum, prompting a unilateral declaration of independence
by the south.
In his reply to a question on the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said such issue was a political matter coming from history, adding that his country would never accept a unilateral declaration of independence