World court says Kosovo's independence is legal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 23, 2010 08:01

The United Nations' highest court has ruled that Kosovo's declaration of independence was legal, dealing a blow to Serbia, which vowed never to accept its former province as a separate state and warned the ruling could embolden separatist movements around the world.

Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci hailed Thursday's ruling as a "historic victory" and "the best possible answer for the entire world," while Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni said outside the International Court of Justice: "my message to the government of Serbia is 'come and talk to us.'"

Kosovo, a tiny patch of the Balkans with a population of two million, declared independence in February 2008 after years of fruitless talks with Belgrade about its desire to break away.


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