ICJ clears road to Karabakh independence

Public hearing at the ICJ, via Wikipedia

In a ruling which could have important implications for Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict over the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, the highest UN Court – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has affirmed Kosovo’s 2008 unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia, saying it did not violate international law.“The court has concluded above that the adoption of the declaration of independence of the 17th of February, 2008 did not violate general international law, Security Council Resolution 1244, or the constitutional framework,” ICJ President Hisashi Owada said in a live broadcast of the ruling.

The ruling has been welcomed by the United States, which called on other nations, including Serbia, to recognize Kosovo’s independence. Serbia and Russia have rejected the ruling.

Serbia filed the case with the International Court Of Justice (ICJ) in 2009, saying that the declaration by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian leadership was a “flagrant violation” of Serbia’s territorial integrity.

Legal experts say the July 22 ruling could have important implications for other regions with separatist movements.

As far as I can remember, this is the first case, when a UN body openly recognizes the prevalence of the nation’s right for self-determination over territorial integrity. I say its about time for Armenia to recognize Karabakh’s independence…

The Armenian case in ICJ

There was a case presented to the International Court Of Justice from Armenia recently. The Armenian opposition said they’ve filed a complaint against Armenia’s former president Robert Kocharian, accusing him for the killings in the course of post-election violence in the streets of Yerevan on March 1, 2008. The ICJ acknowledged, that they’ve received the complaint, but they didn’t say whether the case will be heard in the court or no.

Regardless, it is very symbolic, to see how Kosovans are using the powers of the highest UN court to their advantage, while Armenians are blackmailing each other.

A pity, really…