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The Ukrainian Crisis: A View from a FormerPresident of the Republic of Serbia

Updated: Jul 27, 2022



President Tadic started the presentation from his view on Kosovo. In his address as a president in 2008, at the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, he warned that Kosovo is a crisis that threatens world peace. He underlined that Kosovo's potential precedence represents a huge problem for international peace and stability. That addressing was in the context of seeking support for the Serbian resolution requesting an advisory opinion on Kosovo's independence from the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He believes that was the first official warning sent to the international community about a global responsibility that the ICJ carried while deciding how to answer Serbia's question if Kosovo broke the international law by the unilateral declaration of independence. It was a warning that such precedence set by the West, would be a justification for igniting hotspots worldwide. The ICJ avoided answering the question by saying that institution that declared independence was not recognized as an actor of international law, so in that context, it could not break the international law. Serbian side interpreted this answer as the international law was broken, and ever since the Albanian side interpreted it as not breaking the law.Please click the link below for more details.

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