Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Unilateral Declaration of Independence to be Annulled by the UN

Beta news agency reports that Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Russia’s representative in the Contact Group Troika, said on Dec. 10 that any decision by the Kosovo Albanian separatists to proclaim the province’s independence unilaterally, bypassing the U.N. Security Council, would be illegal.
A unilateral proclamation of independence would violate Resolution 1244 of the U.N. Security Council. If this should happen, Russia will demand the revoking of such a decision, its annulment, Botsan-Kharchenko told the Russian RIA Novosti.
On few previous occasions when Kosovo Albanian separatists have declared independence of the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija, the United Nation’s officials have annulled the declarations — there is no reason why they would not do the same this time around, since such a move is as illegal and unlawful today as it was a year or three years ago.

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