Belarus and Azerbaijan - Independence of Kosovo illegal

Belarus and Azerbaijan said at the ICJ that the declaration on independence of Kosovo was contrary to the international law and not based on legal arguments. On the third day of the debate on this issue, Belarus representative Elena Gricenko said that the SFRY Constitution of 1974 had granted Kosovo a wide autonomy and the status of a federal unit and that the subsequent limitation of that status could not make the right of Kosovo Albanians to self-determination legitimate. Azerbaijan representative Agshin Mediev said the entities declaring secession by breaching the internal laws of a state could not be regarded as states. He said that ever since its foundation the UN has been opposed to infringements upon the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its member-states and have not recognized a single unilaterally proclaimed independence opposed by the mother state.


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