Washington briefing: Azerbaijan advises International Court of Justice on Kosovo
Published: Friday December 04, 2009
Thirty-five states, including Azerbaijan but not Armenia, starting this week have provided "advisory opinions" in an International Court of Justice (ICJ) case contesting the validity of Kosovo's independence declaration in early 2008, according to ICJ.
The case was requested through a United Nations' General Assembly resolution adopted in October 2008 on Serbia's initiative; only the United States, Albania, and four Pacific island nations voted against the referral at the time.
According to the Economist, ICJ is unlikely to offer a clear-cut position on Kosovo's independence in order not to set precedents for other conflicts.
Of the countries weighing in this week 21, including the United States and a number of European states, have recognized Kosovo. The other 14 countries offering testimony, including Russia and Azerbaijan, have not. Among the countries not testifying are Turkey, which has recognized Kosovo, and Georgia, which has not.
Ahead of the Kosovo hearing, the Azerbaijani government retained an international law expert with expertise in state sovereignty to help articulate its position.