UN General Assembly sought ICJ ruling on Kosovo independence


On October 8, 2008, the UN General Assembly voted 77-6 to send the question of the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a non-binding advisory opinion. The resolution was introduced by Serbia the month before and was opposed by the US, arguing that its recognition of Kosovo as an independent country abides by international law. The ICJ later upheld the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence under international law.

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